End of Year Update 2018
This year has seen the charity continue to work hard on providing key support to the local community. We have launched more than five new community programmes & initiatives as well as continuing to deliver and grow our existing ones. We secured grant funding over the course of the year and would like to thank the Scottish Government, Pink Ribbon Foundation, Highland Council, ScotRail, Foundation Scotland, Tesco, DEEP, LEAP, Carling & Wetherspoons for their donations to our charitable foundation.
The new initiatives introduced this year have included two awareness campaigns that have focused on both Breast Cancer & Dementia support, awareness and signposting. We launched a family therapy that combines both physical activity and family time together in a pilot programme. We ran a workshop that challenges homophobia and discrimination in sports as well as a consultation with young people that engaged them in democracy and their local community. Lastly, we introduced FIFA Fridays which offers local children a youth club that allows them an alternative to our physical activity programmes by allowing them to play video-games in a safe space and build friendships.
Our existing programmes have continued to do well and this has included expanding the amount of Disability Sports Festivals we have delivered over the course of the year, continuing to provide charitable donations to local individuals and organisations in need and expanding our football activities by introducing our new school based football curriculum programme. The local Men’s Shed continues to meet at the Global Energy Stadium supported by us and we have continued to engage in HMRC’s Disability Confident scheme.
This year will culminate in us participating with SPFL Trust to engage in the Festive Friends scheme which will take place in the run up to Christmas and will see the charitable foundation provide a group socially isolated people with a free Christmas meal, gift and chance to meet both the charitable foundations staff and Ross County Football Club’s staff and form new friendships.
We would like to leave a special mention for the continued support from Ross County Football Club who consistently supported the charitable foundation and it’s activities by helping us with marketing and awareness for our events, providing us with in-kind ticket donations and facilities and for the day to day support and enthusiasm their staff and players provide the charitable foundation.
We would like to thank everyone for their engagement and support with the Ross County Foundation’s activities over the course of the year and would like to leave you with some final messages from those involved in the delivery.
“As a professional football club we are very proud of the charitable work The Ross County Foundation does within our community and we are delighted to help in any way we can to continue the strong links we have built over the last couple of years to provide positive engagement with people of all ages, gender and circumstances” Steven Ferguson, Manager Ross County Football Club.
“This year has seen the charitable foundation continue to develop, grow and benefit even more people in the local community. We continue to form new partnerships across the local community, with other charitable organisations and governing bodies and this is only helping us deliver a bespoke service that is unique and looks after those in need across Ross-Shire.” Chris Ross, The Ross County Foundation