Highland Office Equipment has joined forces with The Wood Foundation to support the development of the Youth & Philanthropy Initiative in Inverness.

During the 2017/18 academic year, five Inverness secondary schools will participate in YPI, providing a welcome windfall of £15,000 for local charities.  Our last YPI Final of 2017 took place at Charleston Academy on Thursday 21st December; a final that proved to be both highly creative and competitive.

As part of YPI at Charleston Academy, representatives from Highland Office Equipment have actively engaged in the delivery of YPI in the school and also assisted in judging the Final.  Amongst the impressive panel of judges were Alex Main, Director at Highland Office Equipment, Tom Flockhart, Managing Director at Capital Document Solutions, and John Robertson, Manager at Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC, who critiqued the finalist presentations before announcing the winning team.

“The Wood Foundation is delighted to be collaborating with Highland Office Equipment in support of the ongoing development of YPI Scotland across Inverness. Over the last 10 years we have established a number of strong partnerships with likeminded funding partners who support programme growth and sustainability.”

Sir Ian Wood, Chairman of the Wood Foundation

 

Talking about HOE’s support of the YPI programme across Inverness, Alex commented:

“We are delighted to be involved in such a worthwhile initiative.  This is an investment that enables young people from across the city to get close to the big issues that affect our community here in Inverness, whilst also directly supporting a number of small, local charities.  It is great to see the levels of engagement and active research that all students have undertaken with their chosen charities.  It is also very rewarding to sit on the judging panel and watch these young people deliver such passionate presentations on why their chosen charity deserves the £3000.”

Following a very competitive Final at Charleston Academy and some intense deliberation by the judges, the £3000 YPI Grant was awarded to Crocus Bereavement Group thanks to the passionate presentation delivered by S3 students David Cameron, Alfie Thomas and Ewen Munro. Talking about their win and securing £3000 for Crocus Bereavement Group, Alfie Thomas commented:

“It feels so good and we feel totally honored to secure this grant for Crocus. We will definitely stay involved with this charity.“

Hannah Lind, Service Manager from Crocus Bereavement Group added:

“A massive thank you to the boys. Their passion for the service really came through.  The £3000 will make such a difference with respects our ability to enhance the services that we provide for young men in the Inverness area”.

“We are delighted to be involved in such a worthwhile initiative.  This is an investment that enables young people from across the city to get close to the big issues that affect our community here in Inverness, whilst also directly supporting a number of small, local charities.”

Alex Main, Director at Highland Office Equipment

Reflecting on the important role that YPI plays at Charleston Academy, and in other schools across Inverness, Carol Mackenzie, YPI Lead commented:

“For us, YPI offers all S3 pupils, regardless of their academic ability, the opportunity to take part in a community focused project that both enlightens and transforms their thinking, empathy, understanding and above all, their awareness of some of the most vulnerable members of our society. As a teacher, leading YPI is the highlight of my year. To witness shy, often vulnerable pupils, excelling and finding within themselves the inspiration and willingness to make a difference has been humbling. Over the last three years, Charleston pupils who have taken part in YPI have not only raised thousands of pounds for their chosen charities, but have maintained their links with many of the charities, long after their YPI experience.   There is a real ‘buzz’ about the programme; and it is a rarity to find any pupil who is not inspired, moved or motivated by this project.  Pupils remember YPI; they have a sense of pride and achievemnt about taking part.”

Commenting on Highland Office Equipment’s support of YPI in Inverness, Sir Ian Wood, Chairman of The Wood Foundation said:

“The Wood Foundation is delighted to be collaborating with Highland Office Equipment in support of the ongoing development of YPI Scotland across Inverness. Over the last 10 years we have established a number of strong partnerships with likeminded funding partners who support programme growth and sustainability, and we look forward to working alongside Alex and the team at Highland Office Equipment as YPI continues to develop and embed across the city.”

Pictures by Allan Law