STV Appeal give £2,000 funding boost to Voluntary Action Angus

An Angus charity has received a £2,000 funding boost from the STV appeal 2014.

Voluntary Action Angus received the grant for their Healthy Start project. The project was set up in partnership with NHS Tayside to help parents and their children living on low incomes to build their confidence by learning valuable life skills and helping Angus families to eat more healthily.

The project supports young families who are keen to learn how to cook fresh meals and lead healthier lifestyles. Healthy Start Cafes run once a week and are a great way for parents with children under 12 months to share experiences and learn from each other.

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. Voluntary Action Angus Healthy Start project is one of the projects the STV Appeal is supporting in Angus.

Gary Malone, Chief Executive Officer, Voluntary Action Angus, said: “This grant will help us deliver the Healthy Start project across Angus to provide the best possible opportunities for our parents and their children.”

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 fundraising efforts taking place in communities across the country we have raised an incredible £2.6m 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.”