Paisley charity, Finding Your Feet, will receive a share of almost C1.2 million funding from the ScottishPower Foundation, which supports incredible projects that make a positive impact on people and communities across the country.

Finding Your Feet, a project based in Renfrewshire, will use almost £67,000 funding to improve the wellbeing of Scottish amputees by delivering activities that reduce social isolation, increase physical fitness, reduce the stigma around mental health and improve the ability to self-manage.

This year’s Foundation-funded projects – which support art and culture, education and empowerment, citizenship and society, and biodiversity and climate change – were selected on the basis of the significant and lasting contributions they will make to society, while enhancing people’s quality of life.

Almost £9.2 million has been awarded to successful charities since the Foundation was established in 2013.

Cor Hutton, Founder of Finding Your Feet, said: “As a charity, we have been battling isolation and its negative effects for a long time. The physical and mental stresses of amputation can quite easily make a person hide themselves away from the world, and that paired with the global pandemic has made our support more vital than ever.

“To be announced as a ScottishPower Charity Partner is quite incredible for us for a few reasons. The funding that the Foundation provides will allow us to continue and build upon our wellbeing services to benefit fitness, mental health and self-management for amputees and their families. Alongside that, to be affiliated with an organisation such as ScottishPower is a big stride forward in our mission to be providing opportunities of some kind to every amputee in Scotland. We’re looking forward to the partnership and every insight, opportunity and experience that comes with it.

“I’m certain that our work together will put smiles on many faces and, in some cases, save lives.”

Melanie Hill, Executive Officer and Trustee at the ScottishPower Foundation, said: “Once again, we were overwhelmed by the extraordinary work being delivered in our communities – day in and day out – and we’re very proud to support this year’s charities. The ScottishPower Foundation is committed to supporting projects that make a hugely positive impact on people’s lives and that’s what these organisations do in abundance.

“From improving education to promoting environmental protection and enhancing lives, the charities we’re supporting this year are doing truly transformative work.

“We know that throughout these challenging times, people are relying on the support of charities more than ever before, and with the help of the ScottishPower Foundation, this year’s projects can go further and make a difference for more people.”

The ScottishPower Foundation was established in 2013 to make a significant and lasting contribution to society, enhancing the lives of people living in communities throughout the UK. It provides funding to help support the advancement of education, environmental protection, arts and culture and citizenship. It also supports charities who aim to provide relief from poverty, disability, or other disadvantages.

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