Project Scotland Awarded Funding

Project Scotland, the charity that helps young people get on in life through volunteering, has been awarded £10,413 in funding from the Crerar Trust.

ProjectScotland offers 16-30 year olds full-time structured volunteering opportunities with charities across Scotland.  The funding from Crerar Trust will support ProjectScotland to do more to help young people in Moray and the Highlands, by creating an additional ten volunteering opportunities in the area.

Working with charity partners across Moray and the Highlands, ProjectScotland currently has 28 opportunities available including Historical Interpreter with the National Trust for Scotland, Social Enterprise Support Assistant for Elgin Youth Café and Wildlife Assistant with the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

Paul Reddish, Chief Executive of ProjectScotland, said: “We believe in the young people of Scotland and we want to help show everyone how talented they are. Our thanks go to Crerar Trust for supporting us to help more young people and work with more charities in Moray and the Highlands. We are delighted to be working in partnership to grow young people’s employability, confidence and contacts.”

Paddy Crerar, Chairman of Crerar Trust, said: “At Crerar Hotels we firmly believe that charity begins at home and it is extremely important to us that we give back to our local community.   It’s an exciting time in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland with strong economic and population growth. Supporting a charity such as ProjectScotland not only helps young people in the area to gain experience and enhance their skillset, but also gives back to the community.” 

Reddish continued, “We give each of our volunteers the option of a mentor. That’s someone who can help the volunteer to reflect on what they are learning from their time volunteering and to think about the future. We’re looking for more mentors to join us. If someone has experience skills and connections, sharing these with a volunteer can be invaluable. The advice and support of a mentor can help our volunteers to recognise life choices, think about things differently and make difficult decisions. A mentor can help a volunteer to get on in life.” 

 Anyone interested in becoming a mentor can apply at

Project Scotland works. 78 per cent of volunteers go onto work, education or training. 95 per cent report improved opportunities in life and 93 per cent say they would recommend ProjectScotland to their friends. ProjectScotland provide opportunities for volunteers in a variety of sectors, including arts, sports, media, animal care and the environment.

To find out more about ProjectScotland mentoring and volunteering opportunities visit: