One of the most recent beneficiaries of our Building Communities Fund is Dalkeith-based Midlothian Young Carers project, which is operated by Scottish children’s charity Children 1st, who were chosen from a number of applicants to receive a donation of £1,000.
The Midlothian Young Carers project offers vital support to children and young people who, for various reasons, find themselves caring for a dependent relative. The effects of taking on a caring role can include isolation, lack of social skills, mental health issues, and can affect young people’s access to opportunities. Our funds will go towards their summer programme, which offers a range of services and activities including respite breaks and outdoor activities, individual and family support, educational support and group work to help young carers enjoy new experiences, develop new skills and meet other young carers.
Our Customer Liaison Coordinator Linda McLean (who took part in the judging of this round of applications) paid a visit to the Midlothian Young Carers Project to meet with Children 1st Corporate Fundraiser Matthew Hall, Fiona Herriot, the service manager of Midlothian Young Carers, and the project’s Family Support Workers, to present the cheque and hear more about the vital work the project does.
Our director Joanne Casey said: “The work that Children 1st and Midlothian Young Carers does has struck a chord with us all. Young people who find themselves caring for a relative deserve every possible support, opportunity and care for themselves too, and it a privilege for us to be able to provide our assistance.
Matthew Hall from the charity said “We want to say a big thank you to the staff of Mactaggart & Mickel Homes for their generous donation to Midlothian Young Carers. We can put this money towards our programme of activities to support young carers, such as climbing at Blackford Quarry or kayaking Union Canal, reduce their sense of isolation and help them to explore feelings about difficulties in family and school. This encourages them to problem solve and find ways of coping, helping our young carers to be happier, more confident and resilient.”
As a company we have always sought to help organisations and projects which enhance the lives of people within their local communities where we build. We set up our Building Communities Fund in 2016 to make it easier for worthy causes to approach us for donations, and have their important work recognised. The fund is open throughout the year to applications from charities, community groups, sports teams and schools within a five mile radius of any Mactaggart & Mickel Homes development under construction, including Millerhill at Shawfair in Midlothian and Thornybank Green in Dalkeith.
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