Brechin Youth Project receives STV Appeal cheque for £3,000

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Brechin Youth Project has received a cheque for £3,000 from the STV Appeal 2012.

The STV Appeal, a major charitable organisation launched by STV and The Hunter Foundation, was set up to raise funds for children affected by poverty in Scotland and to stimulate public debate on the issue.

In 2012 the STV Appeal raised £2 million - grants from which are being made to 47 projects across all 32 local authority areas in Scotland.

In 2011 and 2012, the Scottish Government committed to match fund up to one million pounds of the total amount raised.

The Brechin Youth Project operates ‘The Attic’ youth drop in centre in Brechin.

The centre, which opens four nights a week, offers young people a safe, friendly and fully equipped facility to meet friends and socialise.

Membership and entry each evening is free and open to all, ensuring no barriers are created with many of the games and equipment on offer being free to use or at low cost.

As a drug and alcohol free centre, a programme of events is held over the winter months offering a range of diverse activities some of which are pertinent to drugs, alcohol and other social issues whilst others are fun events such as cooking or music.

Young fire fighter sessions are run for members by Tayside Fire whilst football, pool and darts competitions are contested with the local police.

In a recently introduced partnership with the Scottish Prison Service, offenders from Castle Huntly come along and give talks to the young people on how drugs or alcohol changed their lives. Jim Milne, director and volunteer at Brechin Youth Project, said: “A donation of this magnitude coming unexpectedly is a massive boost to all those associated with the Project and is greatly appreciated.

“After 10 years of operation it is good to be recognised by others as an organisation which is making a valuable difference to the lives of young people in the local community.”

Rob Woodward, STV CEO and trustee of the STV Appeal, said: “With every penny raised staying in Scotland, the STV Appeal can help even more vulnerable young people through the inspirational projects it is supporting across Scotland and take a step closer to eradicating child poverty from our country.”