Young philanthropists earn cash boost for Shopper-Aide


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Kintyre charity Shopper-Aide has received another cash boost from Campbeltown Grammar School pupils.

Through The Wood Foundation’s Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI), secondary students from throughout the country represented causes they cared about to secure their school’s grant.

Pre-lockdown, students took part in classroom-based activities to learn about philanthropy and the needs of their communities. A year group at each school was split into teams with one, deemed to have the most convincing and creative presentation, securing their school’s £3,000 grant.

When lockdown was announced, The Wood Foundation announced a change in the process to give students who had not completed their programme the opportunity to advocate and raise funds for the local response to Covid-19.

Joan Stewart, project manager at Shopper-Aide which was the beneficiary of Campbeltown Grammar School’s £3,000 grant, said: ‘We are so grateful to the students who represented us through YPI. The funding has been incredibly beneficial and allowed us to continue a range of activities to support our clients through the lockdown and isolation periods.

‘We had a great experience with the pupils and it’s great for young people to take an interest in what we do. It has been a difficult few months but the funding has been a real boost. We are trying our best for to provide a vital lifeline for older people throughout the peninsula.’

Jonathan Christie, deputy UK director at The Wood Foundation, said: ‘The sums secured by young people, #generationchange, for local communities is incredible. This is a unique form of delegated grant-making and puts the power in students’ hands, ensuring there’s representation of the causes which matter to them.

‘As well as funds, there are vital awareness raising and relationship components, as well as a range of skills development opportunities for the young people.’

YPI has engaged more than 200,000 young people since it was launched in Scotland by Sir Ian Wood’s charitable foundation in 2008, directing more than £4.5 million to Scottish charities across each of the country’s 32 local authorities. More than 250 schools have committed to deliver YPI in the next academic year.