Ypeople celebrates fundraising wins
We are delighted to announce that we were recently awarded almost £7,000 in grant funding to develop Ypeople services in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
The Calm youth support service, based in the Pollok area of Glasgow received £4,345 from Cashback for Communities for an interactive drama initiative.
Our three supported accommodation services in Edinburgh also received £2,325 from the Edinburgh Airport Community Fund to renovate their gardens.
Calm was founded in 2002 to support young people in Glasgow’s Pollok area who have been affected by violence, violent crime, bereavement and loss. Its services include youth counselling and a befriending scheme.
Calm’s Youth Advisory Group, all of whom are former service users, recently received a grant of £4,345 from Cashback for Communities, the Scottish Government scheme that diverts the proceeds of crime into youth projects.
The funding was awarded to allow the Youth Advisory Group to establish a new drama scheme. The interactive theatre project, entitled “See Me! – I’m No Mental”, will tour local schools, colleges and theatre groups in order to encourage young people who are experiencing mental health problems to seek help. It also aims to raise awareness of mental health issues and help promote a culture of care.
Over in the east of the country, we received £2,325 from the Edinburgh Airport Community Fund to refurbish the gardens at our Edinburgh services. The gardens at our supported accommodation services in West Pilton, Crewe Road and Broomhouse will all be involved, with staff, service users and local volunteers working together to build raised beds for the planting of vegetables and herbs.
The aim of this project is to create a sustainable garden that residents of the three services will benefit from for years to come. It will also enable us to introduce a cookery programme. By learning to use produce from the garden to create healthy meals such as soups and stews residents will gain vital skills for living independently.
Debbie Fraser, Head of Fundraising, Events and Marketing at Ypeople, said: “Whenever possible we involve service users in how we run and develop Ypeople in order to help them acquire the skills they will need to succeed later in life.
“All of the members of our Calm Youth Advisory Group are former users of the service. Their plans for a new interactive theatre workshop will not only help others struggling with mental health problems it will also teach them organisational skills that are transferrable to the workplace.
“Those who participate in our Edinburgh garden project will gain valuable knowledge of gardening and cooking, which will help them to live independently and could one day inspire their career choices.
“We are grateful to Cashback for Communities and the Edinburgh Airport Community Fund for their support and seeing the potential in the young people who use our services.”