Capital Document Solutions is proud to support local charities and also secondary school pupils in East Lothian through the Youth & Philanthropy Initiative (YPI).
Capital has committed to a two-year partnership with YPI in East Lothian, supporting five local schools.
Firstly, YPI is the flagship programme of The Wood Foundation. It is active in more than 250 Scottish secondary schools. It has empowered 175,000 young people to make a difference in their communities. They have channelled £4m of grants to grassroots, social issues charities.
An entire school year group is split into teams and asked to investigate local issues and charities. Each team is tasked with contacting its chosen charity and also developing a creative and convincing presentation to secure the school’s £3000 YPI grant.
East Lothian pupils empowered by Capital Document Solutions
Gordon Affleck, Finance Director at Capital, attended the school’s 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.
Former Dunbar Academy pupil returns to school as part of Capital’s commitment to YPI and empowering young people to make a difference in East Lothian.
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 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 also a difficult call for the judging panel – the young people all did a fantastic job.”
This was 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 also Muirfield Riding Therapy.
Alex Reid, National Coordinator of YPI, said:
“The development of partnerships with likeminded funders is vitally important to the sustainability in addition to the growth of YPI. We are delighted that Capital Document Solutions is supporting the work of the incredible young people in East Lothian.”