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Over £3.5 million raised for children in Scotland!

Renfrew YMCA has been awarded a £13,161 grant from the Scottish Children's Lottery.

The charity supports young people in the Renfrew community by providing a series of empowering activities including arts, outdoor education, leadership and development programmes.

The funding from the Scottish Children's Lottery will enable the charity to develop a one-to-one mentoring programme for 8-14 year olds with challenging behaviour or additional support needs. The mentoring will be delivered by trained volunteers aged 15-19, who will act as positive role models and help to develop confidence, self-esteem and problem solving skills as well as reduce stress and anxiety.  

Samantha Gillan, Youth Development Coordinator at Renfrew YMCA, said: 

"This is an exciting new project for Renfrew YMCA to support children and young people with additional support needs. This new approach will allow for young people to learn from their peers, gaining access to other services and extra support in the YMCA."
Michelle Kinnaird is trustee of Chance to Study, said:
"I am delighted that this grant will support the valuable work of Renfrew YMCA's programme, which provides mentors to children aged 8-14 as they start to form thoughts on their future. The beauty of this programme is the mentors are young adults who can relate to the challenges and have recently gone through this stage."
We want to say a massive thank you to all our loyal lottery players who continue to play and support the great work that charities, such as Renfrew YMCA, undertake.