Friends of the Award

Supporting Young People to Achieve

Friends of the Award are pleased to announce a partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council and the Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity to offer a range of volunteering opportunities for young people who are participating in the Junior Award Scheme for Schools (JASS) or the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE).

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Volunteering offers young people the opportunity to develop a range of key skills that can be used throughout their later life. By developing this partnership with the ECHC, we are offering young people taking part in youth programmes a wider range of opportunities so that they can develop a unique set of skills. All funds raised will go directly into supporting the fantastic work undertaken by the ECHC through projects such as the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service’s (CAMHS) Duke of Edinburgh programme, which has been run by FOTA for over 10 years.

It is often noted that finding meaningful volunteering opportunities for young people is difficult. City of Edinburgh Council’s Award Manager, Fraser Robertson, has embraced this opportunity and named ECHC as the charity of choice for fund raising in the coming year. By developing a calendar of events aimed specifically at young people, ECHC have enabled FOTA and the CEC to promote these as unique opportunities to gain a range of useful skills for the young people from Edinburgh and the Lothians. Alongside the calendar of events, ECHC are offering access to their fundraising toolkit which includes ideas and support for young people to set up their own events.

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. I would encourage any DofE or JASS participant to consider fund raising with Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity for their volunteering section.

“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.”

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

“Not only will this be of huge support to us, as it will increase our number of volunteers for our fundraising activities, but we will also be able to donate further funds to CAMHS services.

“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 bring in the future.”