Community project Angus Carers Centre has received £2,000 from the STV Appeal 2014.
Angus Carers Centre supports young people who are caring for a member of their family who may have a physical disability, learning disability, terminal or chronic illness, drug or alcohol dependency, long term illness or mental ill health problem.
Many of the young carers’ families are restricted financially because they are unable to work and education amongst this group of young people often takes a back seat to their caring roles so attendance can be poor. Social isolation is a problem in Angus as many of the young people reside in small rural communities.
Angus Carers Centre brings young carers together for residential trips giving them a prolonged break away from home where they can make new friends, build confidence and learn new skills to equip them better in their roles as young carers and young citizens.
The STV Appeal is committed to making a difference in the lives of children and young people living in poverty in Scotland. Across the country, 220,000 children live in poverty and figures from the Campaign to End Child Poverty show that in Angus it’s actually 19.8 per cent of children. Angus Carers Centre is one of the projects the STV Appeal is supporting in Angus.
Alison Myles, CEO, Angus Carers Centre, said: “The funding we received from STV Appeal will allow us to take a group of 12 young carers on a residential break to Fort William, run by the Outward Bound Trust at Loch Eil. Our young people took part in this trip last year and they had a fantastic experience meeting other young carers, building their confidence and having fun.”
“Receiving this funding allows us to give more opportunities to the young people we support. Without this kind of funding we wouldn’t be able to give young carers respite and time to be themselves.”
Rob Woodward, STV CEO and trustee of the STV Appeal, said: “The money donated to the STV Appeal remains in Scotland and will help bring about a positive change to the lives of vulnerable children and young people on our doorstep. With the help of the extraordinary fund-raising efforts taking place in communities across the country we have raised an incredible £2.6 million in 2014 allowing us to make grants to 297 projects. We are extremely grateful to everyone who supported this year’s Appeal.”
Sir Tom Hunter, trustee of the STV Appeal, said: “Yet again the people of Scotland have cast their vote – end child poverty. Through the STV Appeal we are attempting to deliver sustainable solutions to do just that. It is simply unacceptable in modern Scotland to still have young people debilitated by poverty, through this project and many more the people of Scotland are doing their level best to combat poverty.”
Sir Ian Wood, trustee of the STV Appeal, said: “The generosity of the people in Scotland who provide such great support to the STV Appeal is incredibly encouraging and heart-warming. However, it is deeply concerning that there continues to be a significant requirement across Scotland for financial support for child poverty. Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, a commission I chaired recently, has the over-arching aim to enable Scotland’s young people to move into sustainable employment upon leaving education. But how can they achieve positive destinations if they have a less than adequate start in life? I sincerely believe that the grants donated by the STV Appeal can have a significant impact on the lives of Scotland’s young people and make a real contribution to eradicating child poverty in Scotland.”
The STV Appeal 2015 is now well underway with an exciting line-up of fund-raising activities planned for the year ahead.