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ScottishPower Foundation 2017 Poverty, Disability And Disadvantage Projects

Poverty, Disability And Disadvantage Projects

Perth Autism Support

Project Teen Ranch

ScottishPower Foundation 2017 - Perth Autism Support

Perth Autism Support assists children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families, throughout Perth and Kinross. It aims to reduce the social isolation experienced by children with autism and enable them to experience different activities.

Funding from the ScottishPower Foundation will provide the opportunity for four activity weekends to be run throughout the year, two for children with autism, one for young adults aged 16-18 years with autism and one for young carer siblings, for them to have a residential weekend out with the family home.

The activity weekends will take place in Inchture, between Perth and Dundee, making them easily accessible for families from Perth & Kinross. 

O Ddrws I Ddrws

Coastal Bus Service

O Ddrws i Ddrws (Door to Door) provide affordable transport for the most vulnerable members of society in remote communities of Lleyn, North Wales. The service aims to reduce social isolation amongst elderly citizens and promote wellbeing.

Thanks to funding from ScottishPower Foundation over the past few years they have been able to provide this vital service to support people who are attending critical health appointments or day care centres, as well as taking disadvantaged people to work, to shop, the bank, hairdressers, social activities and visits.

Funding in 2017 will ensure this continues as well as enabling them to proceed with the extension of the Coastal Bus Service; to provide more routes on more days.

Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland

Be All You Can Be

ScottishPower Foundation 2017 - Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland

Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus (SBH) Scotland provides a lifetime commitment of support to all those affected by these conditions, including parents and carers.

SBH Scotland has created the “Be All You Can Be” project which will provide specialist early intervention support for 186 children aged 0-8 across Scotland and an estimated 558 carers/siblings.

The project will offer infants/young children positive sustained and targeted support as they grow and develop through the early years and help them nurture well-being, resourcefulness & self-management to proactively overcome issues, which may otherwise result in crisis and long term disadvantage. As a result, families affected will cope better, which will increase the quality of life of the child and create an environment of resilience and wellbeing for the future.

The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice

Building a new home for Glasgow's hospice

ScottishPower Foundation 2017 - Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice

The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice has been delivering free specialist palliative care in Glasgow for people, aged eighteen years and over with terminal illnesses, and providing support for their families and carers for over thirty years. With an increase in need for their services, they have been building a brand new purpose-built facility in Glasgow. The new hospice has been designed with the patient at the centre of all plans, and the building will offer a warm and welcoming non-clinical environment.

This year’s funding, together with funding from the Foundation in previous years, will enable three complimentary therapy rooms to be built at the new Hospice.


Pregnancy in Mind

ScottishPower Foundation 2017 - NSPCC

NSPCC is a leading children's charity in the UK, specialising in child protection and dedicated to the fight for every childhood. In Scotland, NSPCC take a lead on early intervention practices by giving help to families at an early stage before problems escalate.

Funding from the Foundation in 2017 would be used for a vital and unique project in Scotland supporting a new preventative mental health service for expectant parents. ‘Pregnancy in Mind’ supports parents who are at risk of, or experiencing depression during pregnancy.

The project is a key part of the NSPCC’s innovative, evidence based perinatal support project in Glasgow benefitting children, parents and the community as a whole, and will form a vital addition to their existing practices, having already been successfully piloted in other parts of the UK.

Music in Hospitals & Care

Singing Together

ScottishPower Foundation 2017 - Music in Hospitals

Music in Hospitals & Care delivers high quality concerts - performed by professional musicians – to thousands of people in healthcare settings across the whole of the UK.  They work in hospitals, hospices, care homes, day centres and special schools, and their music touches the mind, body and soul of their audiences. ‘Singing Together’ aims to reduce isolation and loneliness experienced by people in care settings.

This project will deliver 150 live musical performances, given by professional musicians, for older people in care across Scotland, Wales and North West England. The project will enable people living in care who may be self-isolating or withdrawn to take part in a range of activities that encourage socialization and participation.

Concerts will be given in English, Gaelic or Welsh as preferred, and performed by skilled artists who are adept at changing their performance repertoire to give each audience member the best musical experience possible.

The Outward Bound Trust

Young Carers Together

ScottishPower Foundation 2017 - Outward Bound

The Outward Bound Trust is an educational charity that exists to unlock the potential in young people through learning and adventure in the wild. Funding from the ScottishPower Foundation will support the ‘Young Carers Together’ project.

Working with two young carer organisations - Edinburgh Young Carers and Glasgow Young Carers – Outward Bound is conscious of the issues that young carers often face in their daily lives. Their caring responsibilities can have an effect on their ability to form relationships, and they may struggle to engage at school which can impact their social and emotional wellbeing.

Twenty four young people from each organisation will be selected to participate in an Outward Bound residential course at The Trust’s centre at Loch Eil, near Fort William. By taking part, the participants will develop their ability to cooperate with, rely on, encourage and support each other effectively.

Taking part in challenging and adventurous activities will increase their confidence, they will develop their resilience and learn how to set their own goals and, with the support of their peers, experience real achievement as they reach them together with their team.

Maggie Keswick Jencks Cancer Caring Centres Trust

Support courses and workshops for people affected by cancer

ScottishPower Foundation 2017 - Maggies

Maggie’s is an established national charity with an international presence that has been supporting people with cancer, their families and friends for 20 years. Maggie’s provides high quality, evidence-based support to help people with cancer achieve the best possible state of psychological and physical health during diagnosis, treatment and throughout their cancer journey.

Following a successful first year of support from ScottishPower Foundation Maggie’s Glasgow will deliver a programme which will equip people with the practical, social and emotional tools they need to deal with the many different stages of living with cancer.

The project will focus on further engaging with under-represented groups including people with Lung Cancers, men, and carers, through a programme of evidenced and specific support.


Dementia Friendly Gardens

Erskine’s core role is to provide care for elderly and disabled veterans and their spouses. They care for an average of 1,000 members of the ex-Service community each year through residential, nursing, dementia, palliative and respite care in 4 Erskine Homes across Scotland’s Central Belt.

The Erskine Home in Bishopton comprises six 30-bed houses, caring for a total of 180 elderly and disabled ex-Service men and women, their spouses and widows/widowers at any one time. There are two 30-bed houses which offer dedicated dementia care; Haig House and Ramsay House.

Athough the gardens in both Houses are entirely functional, they do not offer any stimulation or features of benefit to those with dementia. The funding from ScottishPower Foundation will be used to create two new dementia friendly gardens at The Erskine Home which would enhance the high quality dementia care offered in Haig and Ramsay Houses.

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