Delivering an impassioned presentation extolling the virtues of additional support needs centre Nourish, two schoolboys secured the self-funded charity a £3000 boost.
Viewforth pupils Oliver Carson and Ryan Kirton took part in the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) – a citizenship programme that raises awareness among young people about philanthropy.
The programme involves the whole year group and a £3000 grant is awarded to a local charitable organisation, chosen and championed by a ‘working team’. The pupils discuss a social issue they care most about, before actively researching the charity best placed to support or challenge their chosen issue.
Oliver and Ryan decided to focus on the Linton Lane Centre which houses charity Nourish which supports families with children who have additional support needs.
Volunteer Lynne Scott said: “There were some really, really good charities vying for the prize but Oliver and Ryan delivered an exceptional presentation to the school. What they have done is amazing.”
Nourish was able to use some of the money to host a fully inclusive fun day, including visits from some disney characters, a bouncy castle, sensory room, face painting and food.
Roger Mullin MP dropped into Linton Lane on the fun day. He said: “I had a great time at the fund day. The event was very well organised within an excellent environment, and had a lovely atmosphere promoting inclusive participation. It was also a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the support group and the difference they are making to families with children or young adults who have additional support needs. I would encourage anyone thinking about attending the group to go along and discover more about the services they provide.”
Scottish pupils taking part in YPI work in small teams in their year groups. They consider the needs of their local community and identify a grassroots social service charity they believe can make a positive contribution.
In Fife last year the programme was delivered to eight secondary schools, representing a total of £24,000 being granted to small, local charities within the area.