Charity Partnership to Support CAMHS Services Across Edinburgh

by Melissa Craib

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Roslyn Neely from ECHC for Charity PR

TWO well-known children’s charities have agreed a new partnership which aims to provide increased support for children and young people in the capital.

Friends of the Awards (FOTA) works to give every young person in Edinburgh and the Lothians the opportunity to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh and Junior Award Scheme for Schools.

It runs a project to encourage users of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to get involved with the DofE award, and has now teamed up with Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity (ECHC) to further support this initiative.

The joint fundraising drive will also mutually benefit both organisations, as to achieve the awards, each participant is required to complete a certain number of volunteer hours. ECHC will provide a calendar of fundraising events that the participants can easily get involved with and funds raised will benefit CAMHS services across the city, supported by ECHC.

Bob Hope, Chair at FOTA, said: “We are delighted to have Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity on board as our charity partner as it does such vital work for the children and families that visit the Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

“This includes providing funding to CAMHS – users of which we also work closely with to complete their DoE programme – so it’s fantastic to be teaming up to provide increased support to these services.

“The award helps build young people’s self-confidence, self-reliance, and self-responsibility and the characteristics and skills they take from achieving them are ones they can take with them for life. This is why we feel it is so important to ensure all children no matter what are able to take part. I would encourage any DofE or JASS participant to consider fund raising with Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity for their volunteering section.”

Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity has committed to provide a programme of enhancements and distractions for CAMHS services in the community to replicate the enhancements they are funding at the new Royal Hospital for Children and Young People due to open next year. The charity aims to ensure that all children and young people in South East Scotland have the same high quality experience of mental health

Rachel Baxter, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at ECHC, said: “We recognise the benefit of our two charities working together to support young people across the city.

“It will be a huge support to us, enabling us to increase our number of volunteers for our fundraising activities, and help us to continue to transform the experiences of children and young people who use mental health services in Edinburgh and South East Scotland.

“The extra support provided by FOTA to help children who may otherwise not get to take part in the DoE or JASS awards is hugely admirable, and we’re very much looking forward to all the exciting things that this partnership brings in the future.”

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