Our Growing2gether programmes are coming to a close and our young people are really engaged and making a huge difference. During January, we are finishing delivering Growing2gether in seven Highland schools, despite challenges due to the pandemic. Where we can, our young people have returned to mentoring children in the nurseries.
We continue to build young people’s mental health, life skills and aspiration for their future. We are proud that our young people are still joining Growing2gether and giving back to their communities as mentors to a child in a nursery. Here is what one of our participants, Emma, says:
“I love coming… it’s my best day in the whole week ‘cos I know that what I am doing is positive and the child I am working with runs up to me smiling when I arrive. I feel I am making a difference.”
We can only transform the lives of young people facing disadvantage with the support of our committed funders. Huge thanks go to our recent funders: Esmee Fairbairn Foundation have pledged an amazing £195K – their second major three-year grant. This will support our expansion to reach 1600+young people/children across Highland/other deprived communities (Dundee/Aberdeen), tackling barriers, such as low well-being and disengagement from school, which prevent them reaching their potential.
We have also recently received a Reach Grant of £17,500 from Bank of Scotland Foundation. This generous donation will contribute towards six Growing2gether programmes in the most deprived and remote areas of Highland.