Charities Supported in 2016

In 2016 the Committee of The Royal Caledonian Charities Trust are proud to have supported a number of incredibly worthwhile causes to the total of £45,000.

Bobath £4,000
Borderline £2,000
Borders Children’s Charity £3,000
Dumfries & Galloway Befriending Project £2,000
Families First £4,000
Fet-Lor Youth Club £3,000
Friends of Roxburghe House £1,000
Health in Mind £1,000
Hearts and Minds £3,000
Islay & Jura Sick Children Fund £1,000
Riding for the Disabled, The Drum, Edinburgh £2,000
Riding for the Disabled, Glasgow £2,000
Royal Highland Education Trust £2,000
Scottish Veterans Residences £3,000
Skye & Lochalsh Young Carers £5,000
St Catherine’s Homeless Projects £3,000
The Teapot Trust £1,000
Waverley Care £3,000


Bobath Scotland helps children and adults with cerebral palsy. Caused by damage to the brain before, during or after birth, cerebral palsy is a lifelong condition which affects muscle control and movement and can seriously restrict everyday actions like walking, talking and sitting up. 1 in 500 children in Scotland are diagnosed with the condition each year. Bobath Scotland supports the whole family and focuses on what a child or adult can do. Specialist speech & language, occupational and physio therapists provide therapy tailored to the specific needs of each person. Bobath also offer training and information for professionals and support networks, such as grandparents and school staff, and are the only charity dedicated to helping people with cerebral palsy in Scotland.

For more information please visit Bobath’s website.

Borderline’s vision is that every Scot in London will have a home and receive the support they need to lead a healthy, independent life. They offer a range of services providing information, advice and advocacy, birth certificates for identification purposes, accommodation and referrals to specialist projects, an outreach worker service, and a tenancy sustainment project.

For more information please visit Borderline’s website.

Borders Children’s Charity
Borders Children’s Charity has been helping children in the region for decades, providing basics like beds and clothing as well as equipment for special needs. They also help fund trips and activities for children with chaotic home lives that would benefit from respite or time with their peers. 

For more information please visit the Borders Children’s Charity’s website.

Dumfries and Galloway Befriending Project
DGBP is an early intervention service which exists to enrich the lives and well being of young people, aged 8-18, at difficult periods in their lives. They may be experiencing challenges at home, in school or in the community, and the project offers them the opportunity of extra support and regular positive adult attention. This is achieved through one-to-one befriending of a young person by an adult volunteer who will enjoy fun activities, help build social networks and offer a range of coping strategies. The Project was established in 1997 and holds the Quality in Befriending Award.

For more information please visit DGBP’s website.

Families First – St Andrews
Families First – St Andrews (FFSA) is a registered charity which aims to support families with children aged between five and sixteen years of age who have additional support needs. FFSA has three core services: One-to-One Befriending (5-16 years), Family Support (adults) and Children’s Group Work (5-16 years). These services deliver a variety of activities throughout the year, enabling families to gain different experiences, undertake new activities and establish positive social relationships. Families First also work closely with other agencies to ensure the families they work with are supported appropriately.

For more information please visit Families First’s website.

FetLor Youth Project
FetLor Youth Club is one of Scotland’s oldest youth work charities, set up in 1924. FetLor exists to engage and empower young people aged 8 – 18 who live in North Edinburgh, one of Scotland’s most deprived communities, encouraging them to aim high and supporting them in realising their ambitions. It offers a safe and supportive environment and the opportunity to attend regular drop in sessions led by skilled Youth Workers. The Club also offers a wide variety of outdoor activities including climbing, canoeing, ‘Munro bagging’ and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. 

For more information please visit FetLor’s website.

Friends of Roxburghe House
Roxburghe House is the Palliative Care Centre for the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. The Friends (founded in 1977) is a registered charity which aims to enhance the lives of the patients, their families and the staff by providing things which the NHS either can’t or won’t, such as a beautiful garden, help with the refurbishment of all the rooms, presents at Christmas, a coffee bar, drivers to bring day patients into town from the wider county areas and much, much more.

For more information please visit Friends of Roxburghe House’s website.

Health in Mind
One in four of us will experience mental health problems in our lifetime. Health in Mind is a Scottish charity that helps individuals cope with these challenges and promotes positive mental health and well being in Scotland. Helping people reach their potential is at the heart of what the charity does; their team of professional support staff and committed volunteers work together to produce a broad and unique mix of individual and group support across Edinburgh, the Lothians, the Borders, and Scotland at large. 

For more information please visit Health in Mind’s website.

Hearts and Minds
Hearts and Minds use their professional performance skills to help people in hospitals and other NHS units cope with and overcome the stresses and challenges of illness. H&M use character-based theatre clowning and humour to provide sensitive, safe and individually tailored therapeutic interactions for their participants. Their philosophy is to always look beyond the illness and ability of the person, to their individual psychological and emotional needs. Hearts and Minds have two programmes: Clowndoctors work with poorly, vulnerable children and children with additional needs in hospitals, hospices, special schools, respite care; while Elderflowers visit ladies and gentlemen in care homes and hospitals, who are living with dementia.

For more information please visit Hearts and Minds’ website.

Islay & Jura Sick Children Fund
The Islay & Jura Sick Children Fund helps parents and families living on the islands of Islay & Jura, in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, whose children have been hospitalised on the mainland. The Fund provides financial support for travel and accommodation as well as additional expenses for any close relatives wishing to visit an unwell child under sixteen.

Riding for the Disabled, Edinburgh (The Drum)
RDA The Drum provides the opportunity for over 200 disabled riders to ride each year. Their lessons aim to improve confidence and social skills as well as balance and coordination. Riders can work towards the Endeavor Award and Riding & Horse Care Certificates, while some are supported through the RDA’s regional dressage competitions. 

For more information please visit RDA The Drum’s website.

Riding for the Disabled, Glasgow
The RDA Glasgow Group provides equine therapy to around 400 children and adults a year to benefit their health and well-being through horse-riding or carriage-driving. Equine therapy is proven to be incredibly effective for all kinds of disabilities, both physical and psychological. RDA Glasgow Group currently supports individuals with autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy, global development delay, visual and/or hearing impairment and learning difficulties. The focus of their work is to ensure that each individual has the chance to experience a direct therapeutic benefit and to achieve their personal goal.

For more information please visit RDA Glasgow’s website or read our feature on them.

Royal Highland Education Trust
The Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) was established in February 1999 in response to a diminishing understanding of food, farming and countryside issues among so many of Scotland’s children. RHET is an educational charity providing world-class learning opportunities about farming, food production, the outdoors and countryside for 3 – 18 year old Scottish school children, building bridges and understanding between consumers, farmers and producers. RHET focuses specifically on farming; food production; outdoor learning for all; the countryside and environmental awareness; economic changes taking place in rural Scotland. RHET services – including farm visits, classroom talks, hands-on activity events and projects, plus complementary resources – are free to Scottish schools and help provide the experiential learning opportunities required in Curriculum for Excellence. These are facilitated by 12 contracted Project Coordinators alongside a hugely committed team of nearly 1000 volunteers, who are located across 12 regional RHET countryside initiatives.

For more information please visit RHET’s website.

Scottish Veterans Residences
Scottish Veterans Residences (SVR) is a registered charity established in 1910 in reaction to the plight of veterans sleeping on the streets of Edinburgh. Today it operates three residences in Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow, providing long term or transitional supported accommodation for former members of the Armed Forces who find themselves homeless or in need. SVR supports around 200 veterans of all ages and from all branches of the UK military every year. SVR’s mission is to help ex-service men and women in need for as long as that need is there. 

For more information please visit SVR’s website.

Skye and Lochalsh Young Carers Service
The Skye and Lochalsh Young Carer Service promotes the well-being and potential of young carers aged from 5 to 17 years of age.  These young people take responsibility for the care and welfare of someone else in their family who has a chronic illness, disability or condition which affects their ability to cope with day to day life unsupported.  The service provides weekly support groups, respite breaks, skill development training and drop-in support for more than 65 young carers each year along with one to one, advocacy and bereavement support when it is required.  This support helps young carers to put aside worry and responsibility for a short time and just be children and young adults.

For more information please visit the Skye & Lochalsh Young Carers Service’s website.

St Catherine’s Homeless Project
The St Catherine’s Homeless Project tirelessly supports Edinburgh’s increasing homeless population. As well as serving over 90,000 free meals a year, they offer a huge range of services from guidance with job applications, to support groups for addicts, counselling and help in seeking medical assistance. The convent provides toilet and shower facilities, and perhaps, more importantly, a warm welcome, a listening ear and a place to call ‘Home’. The project is used by up to 200 people a day.

For more information please visit the Homeless Project’s website.

The Teapot Trust
Founded in 2010, the Teapot Trust charity was established to create a positive change in the lives of children and young people suffering from chronic illness in a medical setting. The Trust employ 14 fully-qualified and registered art psychotherapists, who use the creative process of art-making combined with psychotherapeutic techniques to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of the children. In the last year, over 3500 children made use of the Trust’s art therapy services in hospitals across Scotland (from Inverness to the Scottish Borders), and in Great Ormond Street Hospital, London.

For more information please visit The Teapot Trust’s website.

Waverley Care
Waverley Care is Scotland’s leading charity providing care and support to people who are living with HIV or Hepatitis C. Its key objectives are to promote the welfare of people with HIV or Hepatitis C and those affected by the conditions, to provide care and assistance, to advance education and understanding and to challenge stigma.

For more information please visit Waverley Care’s website.