Schoolchildren secure £200,000 for local charities

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The Wood Foundation will make 50 awards of £4,000 to help tackle the impacts of Covid-19. 

22nd June 2020 by Gavin Stuart 0 Comments

Schoolchildren across Scotland have helped secure £200,000 to help their communities tackle the impacts of Covid-19.

In total, 50 local charities will be given financial awards from the Wood Foundation after young people around the country entered submissions highlighting the good work they do.

Each of the charities will receive £4,000 from the foundation’s Your Community Fund, which will be used to address social issues including food poverty, social isolation, homelessness and physical and mental health.

Sir Ian Wood, chairman of The Wood Foundation, said: “Your Community Fund had to be put together very quickly to support the disruption to our YPI programme in a large number of schools and I congratulate The Wood Foundation staff on the great work they’ve done. 

“It’s clear the young people have really enjoyed the role they can play to help the world outside their front door while they’ve had to remain at home.”

He added: “Many of the submissions were really very impressive. It was great to see how much young people cared about their causes and the different ways they told the charities stories and the difference the money would make to them.”

Your Community Fund is an adaptation of The Wood Foundation’s Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) and was offered as an opportunity to schools who could not complete their planned programme of activity due to school closures. More than 90 submissions were received from the length and breadth of the country.

Jonathan Christie, deputy UK director at The Wood Foundation, said: “Empowering #generationchange at a generation-defining time was really important to us and we knew we had to adapt quickly in order to do this in a meaningful way. We wanted to support Scotland’s communities in a way that allowed young people to retain the delegated responsibility which is the central to our YPI programme. Your Community Fund gave them a platform to advocate and create, applying their research, remote teamworking, and skills to a real-world context.

“Our close partnerships with schools have been key in the success of securing these submissions. Because of these efforts funds can now be granted to organisations that young people passionately believe need it most in their local areas to tackle the far-reaching impacts on coronavirus.”