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Moray charity shortlisted for national award

By Alistair Whitfield

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A FINDHORN-based initiative has been shortlisted for a national Scottish Charity Award.

Growing2gether is a pioneering programme which pairs young people with nursery children.

The teenagers act as mentors to youngsters and provide them with extra support.

In return, they get a sense of responsibility and realise the impact they can have to help others.

The initiative was begun over in the Highlands by the Findhorn-based charity Ecologia during 2017.

It has since helped transform the lives of 464 young people and children, while hopes have been expressed that it could be brought to schools in Moray.

Growing2gether has now been selected as a possible winner for the Pioneering Project Award! We alongside five other projects from across the UK

The project's director, Diana Whitmore, said: "Being shortlisted is an honour which we are thrilled to receive. It reflects the pride that we feel for the incredible young people that we serve, who teach us so much and show us their greatness, fundamental goodness and generosity of spirit.

"The young people, who are facing challenges, experience the joy of helping the child. They feel good about themselves and their future and we highlight their unique skills. This award would mean so much to us.

If that wasn’t enough, we are also in with the chance to win The People’s Project Award. We would be honoured to win and you can help us get there."

Votes for the initiative can be cast before Wednesday's deadline.

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