The Tong Recreation Association (TRA) are launching a new mental health project to support young people through the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Tong Mental Health Project has been launched with the support of the CalMac Community Fund.
The project has so far secured over £2,000 of new equipment for the village’s Youth Club and Toddlers groups. This new equipment means that when lockdown lifts the children and young people can come together and enjoy exercise, socialise, get creative and have fun.
A TRA representative said, “This new project is so exciting for Tong and the young people who live there. They deserve the opportunity to be young and free after the last year and the new equipment allow them to do this. We wanted them to have new sports equipment, art supplies and better facilities so they can be kids again and enjoy their village hall and some much-needed escapism. Their mental health has suffered through lockdown and we want them to enjoy themselves again. Getting out, having fun and exercising will change so much for so many young people in our village.”
Until lockdown lifts fully and the children can access the new equipment the TRA are partnering with the Western Isles Health Board to create mental health packs for children and their families. These packs will be full of tips and advice to support mental health as well as essential support information for those in need.
Gordon McKillop, CalMac's Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, said: "The CalMac Community Fund is much more than corporate giving. The Community Fund was created to make a difference for our communities and customers, and we are beginning to see its impact and value.
"The last year has been turbulent for so many and the third sector has responded magnificently across our network. There are still many challenges to come as we progress through the COVID-19 pandemic and I hope the awards we have made alleviate some of the social issues that arise consequently."