Estate Agency extends support of Children in Scotland after a successful year of partnership working

14/02/2024

AWARD-winning estate agency, Yopa, has extended its partnership with Children in Scotland, providing crucial support for children and young people across Scotland.

The partnership, which began in September 2022 for an initial six-month period, has gone from strength to strength and by the end of the next phase, Yopa will have supported Children in Scotland’s work for 18 months, helping the organisation to fund its young people’s advisory group, Changing our World (CoW). Comprised of members aged eight to 25, CoW ensures that young voices are part of national decision-making campaigning on issues such as the incorporation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scot’s Law.

With an interest in improving children’s health and wellbeing in Scotland, Yopa has supported CoW’s recent work addressing the harms of vaping and the way it is marketed to young people. CoW members have had the opportunity to voice their concerns during ministerial meetings with Scottish Government and recently compiled an evidence paper on the use of vapes and other tobacco products in education settings. Both organisations welcome news of plans to ban single use vapes.

Sharing an appreciation for the value of community, Yopa has also sponsored key Children in Scotland events, including its annual conference, mental health conference and 30th anniversary reception. These events have brought together representatives from across the children’s sector to push forward progress in areas such as mental health and wellbeing, learning and inclusivity and children’s rights.

Verona Frankish, CEO of Yopa, said: “The Yopa Scotland team works at the heart of our local communities, and many of us are parents too; we all want the best for our young people and the places they grow up in, and we’re delighted to be able to support an organisation working for the same goal. Like Children in Scotland, we believe that every young person should have equal access to art, culture, education and opportunities, and live in a world free from discrimination.”

Simon Massey, Head of Engagement and Learning at Children in Scotland, said: “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Yopa and to work with an organisation who shares our vision that all children in Scotland have an equal chance to flourish. Yopa’s contributions have already made an enormous difference to our work at such a critical time given the challenges children, young people and their families currently face in Scotland. We look forward to seeing the impact of Yopa’s support during this next stage of our partnership.”

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