Focus: Fundraising - How we got the grant - Barnardo's Scotland

Alasdair McCallum, assistant director, Barnardo's Scotland

Why did you apply for this grant? Self-harm is a growing and developing problem and we thought we could make a contribution to preventing it.

We were particularly looking to concentrate on a small cohort of seriously self-harming young people who could go on to commit suicide later on in life.

What did the application process involve? We filled in a form and discussed the project with healthcare and local authority contacts at Angus Council.

The proposal was turned down because it was not consistent with the aims of Choose Life, so we resubmitted - but it was knocked back a second time because we needed to flesh out some aspects with regards to long-term strategy.

It was accepted third time around, after we developed an exit strategy to prepare beneficiaries for when the project winds down.

Could the application process have been simpler? Yes. It was a bit complicated - if it had been quicker, we would have been able to get the service off the ground faster.

Is part of the money for infrastructure and training? Yes. Some of the money will go towards administrative support for the project and will cover extra training for the member of staff who will be appointed to run the scheme.

Did you apply to any other funders? No.

Why we gave the grant

Ali Thornton, Choose Life development officer, Angus and Dundee Council

The Barnardo's self-harm initiative is a new and exciting service that reflects a number of the identified Choose Life objectives and priority groups. The project will offer emotional and therapeutic support to reduce the risk of self-harming behaviour in young people. It is an inter-agency collaboration that is welcomed by Angus Council, the local voluntary sector community and the Choose Life funders.

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