Tiny Changes announces COVID-19 relief fund
- Megan Forsyth
- 28 April 2020
The emergency funding will support Scottish charities running essential youth mental health services
Tiny Changes, the Scottish charity founded in memory of Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison, has announced a COVID-19 relief fund.
Tiny Changes aims to improve the mental health of children and young people in Scotland and the new COVID-19 relief fund is open to Scottish charities running essential youth mental health services or responding to young people's mental health crises. In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis and lockdown across the UK, young people are reporting higher levels of anxiety and dissociation, and calls to hotlines such as Childline have increased.
'Young people's mental health services are under pressure to go digital and are worried about marginalised children and young people who lack internet access and who experience multiple layers of discrimination based on factors such as poverty, ethnicity, disability, gender and sexuality,' Tiny Changes noted.
'We know we can't solve every problem. We can, however, make tiny changes to make young minds feel better with our resources and community. We've created a plan for the next few months to help make things a little brighter where we can.'
Charities currently working to improve children and young people's mental health in Scotland can apply for the emergency funding. To be eligible, the organisation or group must be registered with OSCR, hold a Scottish charity number and meet at least one of Tiny Changes' charitable objectives.
The Tiny Changes COVID-19 relief fund is intended to help essential youth mental health services running or to support young people's mental health in crisis. The grants can be used to cover costs for whatever organisations need most, including IT equipment, digital software, protective equipment, staff or volunteer time, rent and bills, or essential transport. Tiny Changes will be awarding emergency grants of up to £10,000 to successful applicants.
Learn more about Tiny Changes' COVID-19 relief fund.