Edinburgh Eastern MSP, Ash Denham, is backing the campaign to keep the Venchie Children and Young People’s Project charity alive.
The #SaveTheVenchine campaign has so far raised over £1,000 to allow it to continue running until potential grants which have been applied for would allow the charity to become more sustainable.
Ms. Denham has also written to Government ministers John Swinney and Maree Todd to see if they could offer any assistance with funding.
The Venchie currently runs a morning wake up, transport and breakfast club service for vulnerable children in the Craigmillar area as well as running an after-school club, drama club, parents’ and toddlers’ club, family days, holiday schemes and a free packed lunch club. Earlier this month the charity held a celebration to mark the 20th anniversary of their breakfast club, which they have now renamed the PANDAs club.
Ash Denham MSP said:
“The Venchie is a much-loved charity at the heart of the community here in Craigmillar in my Edinburgh Eastern constituency, doing so much work to support local children and parents both during and outwith school term time.
“It would be a huge loss to both the users of this service and the community as a whole if the Venchie was to close and the charity hopes that funding streams will become available next year to make the services they provide more sustainable to ensure the Venchie can continue its decades of service to the Craigmillar community.
“I have also previously written to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills and the Minister for Children and Young People to understand if the government could assist in supporting the Venchie to continue its work.
“My office will continue to engage with The Venchie as well as parents and children using the service, as we have been doing for a number of months now, to do all we can to see the charity’s work continue for many years to come.”
Fundraising page: https://bit.ly/37jogF8