When Action for Children Scotland applied to the 14:19 Fund in 2008, it had just begun a pilot employability programme for young people. The charity had a long history and pedigree in supporting vulnerable young people with difficult childhood experiences who, as a result, faced multiple and complex challenges holding down a job or succeedingRead More
When residents in an East Ayrshire neighbourhood set up an Archery Group in January 2012 there were doubts about its viability. More than five years later and the group is a thriving pillar of the community. Attracting adults and young people, the group has led to increased levels of social interaction in the area.Read More
Two years ago Cassie Scott feared to face the world. Diagnosed with depression and anxiety, she fell into a deeper darkness when she was then domestically abused by her partner at the time. â€śI went downhill. I started to drink excessively and use drugs daily to numb the pain. Everybody noticed that the happyRead More
Hugh (not his real name) is in his forties and has been attending one of Link Upâ€™s menâ€™s groups since March 2014. He had a drug addiction until he managed to get off them approximately ten years ago. â€śGetting off the drugs isnâ€™t just about stopping taking them, itâ€™s about changing everything. I had toRead More
I come from the Gallatown in Kirkcaldy. Poverty, deprivation, social exclusion and lack of opportunities have had a massively detrimental impact in the Gallatown and it has been in serious decline for years. I spent most of my life thinking this is how life is – but why should it be? We are not statistics;Read More
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