YPI Scotland

A former Dunbar Academy pupil returned to his school as part of his company’s commitment to empowering East Lothian’s young people to make a difference to the local area.

Gordon Affleck, Finance Director at Capital Document Solutions, attended the school’s Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) final where a group representing East Lothian Cardio-pulmonary Rehabilitation Group secured the £3000 grant. The money will be used to purchase a new exercise bike for its service users

The company has committed to a two-year partnership with YPI in East Lothian, supporting five local schools.

Gordon said:

“It was great to return to Dunbar Academy – it’s a strange feeling coming back to your old school and I have been so impressed by the young people.”

Tom Flockhart, Managing Director of Capital Document Solutions was on the judging panel. He said:

“We are delighted to be supporting this initiative in East Lothian. It is a really inspiring and exciting way to engage young people and delegate grant-making to a range of local causes. It was a difficult call for the judging panel – the young people all did a fantastic job.”

This is Dunbar Academy’s first year taking part in YPI. Five teams from S2 addressed the crowd of S1 and S2 pupils. The other charities represented were the Wave Project, Karele, Team East Lothian and Muirfield Riding Therapy.

YPI is the flagship programme of The Wood Foundation. It is active in more than 250 Scottish secondary schools and has empowered 175,000 young people to make a difference in their communities, channelling £4m of grants to grassroots, social issues charities.

An entire year group within a school is split into teams and tasked with researching with issues in their area and charities addressing those. Each team is then tasked with contacting its chosen charity and developing a creative and convincing presentation in a bid to secure the school’s £3000 YPI grant.

Alex Reid, National Coordinator of YPI, said:

“The development of partnerships with likeminded funders is vitally important to the sustainability and growth of YPI. We are delighted that Capital Document Solutions is supporting the work of the incredible young people in East Lothian.”