Cash for befriending scheme

Left to right: Laura Russell (Shetland Befriending Scheme), S3 pupils Leah Johnson, Jayden Grant, Abby Sandison and Igor Gazda, Mairi Jamieson (Shetland Befriending Scheme), Cheryl Cluness, English teacher. Back row: YPI finalists from all S3 classes. Photo: SIC

THE SHETLAND Befriending Scheme is to benefit to the tune of £3,000 thanks to the Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI).

It will receive the money after a group of secondary three pupils at Anderson High School convinced a panel of judges to pick the charity.

The YPI is a national programme supported by the Wood Foundation which sees groups of pupils pick a local charity of choice before giving a presentation on why the panel should give it £3,000.

Around 150 secondary three pupils at the Anderson researched local charities in recent weeks before each English class had a competition to reduce this to a shortlist of four.

The other charities represented at the event on Thursday were Shetland Care Attendant Scheme, Shetland Rape Crisis and Mind Your Head.

Anderson High School English teacher Cheryl Cluness said: “This is the second year this YPI project has been run at Anderson High School.

“I’d like to congratulate the Shetland Befriending Scheme and thank all the charities involved for the support and information they have provided to our S3 pupils.

“It’s not only helped each student with their research and presentation skills, but has provided them with an insight into the fantastic work of local charities.”

Other recent local winners of funding through the YPI initiative have included the Shetland Community Bike Project (Aith Junior High School) and the Swan Trust (Whalsay School).