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Charitable school pupils celebrate achievements.

Byline: KENNETH SPEIRS

Students from Paisley Grammar School and the town's Gleniffer High attended the year's biggest annual gathering of pupils from across Scotland.

More than 1,000 young people involved in The Wood Foundation's Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) celebrated their achievements at the Perth Concert Hall.

And it addressed issues such as mental health, isolation, LGBTQ+ and period poverty.

Earlier this year, Grammar pupils secured PS3,000 for Rape Crisis Scotland through YPI and Gleniffer worked for amputation support charity Finding Your Feet.

The pupils at the event were joined by a further 200 delegates from the education, third and public sectors for an afternoon of inspirational talks, performances and music.

Sir Ian Wood, chairman of The Wood Foundation, said: "In this digital world, our generation of young people are undoubtedly ready for change and it is through initiatives, such as YPI, that we can support them to achieve just that.

"The maturity and confidence shown by the young people at this year's event was, again, very impressive.

"The central tenet of philanthropy is caring, using time and skills to make a difference.

"This was clear to see at the national event and gives me a great degree of hope for the future."

Keynote speakers included social justice and human rights campaigner Amal Azzudin and social entrepreneur Alan Mahon.

An active citizenship programme was introduced to Scotland in 2008 by The Wood Foundation.

Almost PS4m has been awarded to grassroots, social service charities championed by young people through the Wood Foundation initiative.

In the region of 175,000 young people have been empowered and the programme is currently active in 250 Scottish secondary schools.

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Dedicated Gleniffer High students supported Finding Your Feet. Photos by Fraser Band

Great effort Paisley Grammar pupils secured PS3,000 for Rape Crisis Scotland

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Publication:Paisley Daily Express (Paisley, Scotland)
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Date:Jul 6, 2019
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