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Vital charity projects share £1.2 million award


The cash comes from the ScottishPower Foundation, and will allow them to continue their valuable work

An array of charitable projects dedicated to supporting vulnerable people, local communities and the environment are in line for a funding boost.

Twenty charities have been awarded funding totalling almost £1.2 million for projects committed to tackling current issues, from cost of living support and raising aspirations for the next generation to protecting the environment and celebrating cultural diversity.

The cash comes from the ScottishPower Foundation, and will allow them to continue their valuable work.

An exciting new project from Archaeology Scotland, Energy Through Time (pictured above), is helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to develop transferable skills and build their understanding in STEM subjects.

Through the project, young people will harness the power of the past by exploring the historic green spaces around Newbattle Abbey College with the task of creating innovative solutions for future energy sustainability, enabling them to become climate ambassadors for the future.

Supported by the ScottishPower Foundation, the first courses of the project will be kicking off as part of Meaningful May, a programme of activity offered to young people who are not sitting exams in school, with the aim of supporting them into a positive destination.

Melanie Hill, executive officer and trustee at the ScottishPower Foundation, said: “The Energy Through Time project is helping young people to look into the past to inspire their very own future in STEM, supporting them in developing a host of skills and become the next generation of climate ambassadors.

“At the ScottishPower Foundation we always want to nurture projects that we believe will make a real difference, not only to our planet but to our local communities and the people within them. That is why it’s important for us to recognise and boost the incredible work of charities across the UK.”

Jane Miller, learning officer at Archaeology Scotland, said: “At Archaeology Scotland we engage and connect young people with their local heritage, helping them develop new skills while raising aspirations for work and further learning. This project gives us the opportunity to use archaeology to grow STEM literacy among young people from areas where people are experiencing disadvantage across various aspects of their lives.

“We’re extremely grateful to the ScottishPower Foundation for supporting this new project which forms part of our Attainment through Archaeology courses, designed to offer all people the chance to develop and grow, whatever their background.”

Scottish charities given awards also include Hope Kitchen SCIO, LifeCare Edinburgh, Glencoe Folk Museum, Volunteering Hebrides and People Know How.



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