BARCLAYS has donated a significant, five-figure sum to Aberdeen FC Community Trust from the bank’s £100m COVID fund.
The Trust will plough the money into their programmes for young people, including those which focus on mental health and well-being, a major area for concern following the impact of the lockdowns on children.
As restrictions are eased and pupils are now back at school, AFCCT is returning to the delivery of its programmes focused on health, football and education.
Liz Bowie, AFCCT chief executive, said: “Mental health issues are predicted to be one of the most serious consequences of the lockdown and these funds will go towards scaling up our work with young people, including our innovative, interactive and fun programme, MINDSET, which builds confidence and resilience among children.
“We are very grateful to Barclays for this donation and will use it wisely in support of our programmes that aim to have a positive and lasting impact on the young people in our region.”
Last year, Barclays announced a £100m community aid package to support charities that are helping people and communities most impacted by Covid-19.
Scott Stewart, head of Barclays Scotland, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on young people and their mental health.
“Aberdeen FC Community Trust is delivering vital programmes to support young people through this difficult time and we are delighted, through our donation, to help them amplify their work.”