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An ambitious new charity initiative from the Scotch Whisky industry launched on 8th March, driven by a commitment to make a positive impact on the lives of young people across Scotland for the long term.
To ensure the funds create real, sustainable and long term impact, the Distillers’ Charity has commissioned Inspiring Scotland to co-design and manage the Youth Action Fund programme of charity partners.
Inspiring Scotland’s will bring depth of experience and expertise in working with charity partners across Scotland to ensure the Youth Action Fund empowers young people with real opportunities to thrive, through high quality training, education, vocational and other life-enhancing opportunities – with a particular focus on helping the disproportionate numbers of young people adversely affected by the Covid pandemic.
Founded by the Distillers’ Charity, the Youth Action Fund has been set up to distribute an initial £2.5 million raised at the inaugural ‘Distillers’ One of One Auction’ in December last year – an event they organised in collaboration with Sotheby’s which saw producers from across the Scotch whisky industry come together to donate highly prized, one-of-a-kind bottles for auction.
Four initial charity partners have been selected, each committed to working collectively and around a shared set of values to enrich communities across Scotland:
At a gathering of the charities, donors and industry members in Edinburgh’s Scotch Whisky Experience on Monday evening to launch the Youth Action Fund, Deputy First Minister John Swinney sent a video message of support to commend the Scotch Whisky industry’s ambition to make a difference to the lives of young people in Scotland.
‘I’d like to congratulate the Distillers’ Charity along with Inspiring Scotland and everyone else involved in what has already been a tremendous achievement. The success of the auction in December and the money raised is a fantastic feat, way beyond the expectations of everyone involved in this venture. Raising £2.5 million, distributed through the Youth Action Fund’s charity partners with the support of Inspiring Scotland, will help make a positive and lasting difference to individuals who face challenges in reaching their full potential. The amount raised is reflective of the generosity and the collaborative effort of companies big and small across the Scotch Whisky industry, who have all come together to support our young people’.
Chair of the Distillers’ Charity Grant Gordon said:
‘The Distillers’ Charity is driven by a belief that every young person’s life matters, and a vision of a society in Scotland where young people can reach their full potential. Powered by the collective philanthropy of the Scotch Whisky industry and their support of the biennial One of One auctions, the new Youth Action Fund will work with amazing charities to make a real difference to young people across the country, by offering education, vocational and other life enhancing opportunities. We are very proud of the collective endeavour of our industry and of what we are achieving together with this new fund.’
Speaking on behalf of Inspiring Scotland, Chief Executive Celia Tennant added:
‘I believe that with the Youth Action Fund and this impressive sum we can achieve great things and deliver vital work where it is needed most, and we are very proud to be partnering with the Distillers’ Charity to deliver this. For over 13 years Inspiring Scotland has been working with the 8 to 10 per cent of young people in Scotland who need help, due to the inequality of opportunity created by experiences of poverty and trauma. This equates to around 35,000 young people who are struggling today to succeed, and while we have all been adversely affected by the pandemic, the impact on this group has been more harshly felt. Unemployment has risen and vital schooling, socialisation and life experiences have been missed, and the queue of young people needing support is longer than ever. We’re committed to ensuring that the efforts of the Youth Action Fund will lead to a significant and demonstrable effect on the life chances of many young people in Scotland’.
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