The Foundation’s charitable purpose is the advancement of health and our emerging vision is of “a healthier future for the people of Scotland.” Key to our approach to grantmaking is to support projects which are above and beyond that which the state can provide. We do not replace core funding, but go to lengths to ensure that 100% of our funding enhances what is already available.
The support of our donors in helping us make a difference to people’s lives is fundamental and nearly two thirds of our income last year was from supporters who want to be part of that difference.
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) received around 3,300 new referrals in 2011, and the improvements made in the CAMHS Inpatient Unit have been highlighted in the Scottish Government’s Mental Health Strategy for Scotland 2012-2015.
Cathy Richards, Lead Clinician for CAMHS, is working with the CAMHS team on a significant redesign of eating disorder services for young people and their families, after the Foundation received an anonymous donation of £500k. Part of this redesign will be to enhance the partnership working with schools and GPs across the region, raising awareness of eating disorders, helping in the identification of young people at risk and promoting a healthy body image. The team also plans to greatly improve access to family-based-treatment for young people with anorexia.
We would like to thank our most generous benefactor for their astonishing support.