Size of Wales will receive a share of £1.2 million charity fund from ScottishPower Foundation

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Size of Wales will receive a share of a £1.2 million funding pot from the ScottishPower Foundation, which champions benevolent work in local communities throughout the UK.

The Foundation was set up in 2013 to make a positive difference to the lives of people in communities throughout the UK and this year will fund a total of 21 projects in regions the length and breadth of the UK.

Size of Wales is fortunate to benefit once again this year, and we will use the funds to continue delivering our Welsh schools programme, ‘MockCOP’, an event modelled on the UN’s Conference of the Parties (COP).

Run jointly by climate change charity Size of Wales and the Welsh Centre for International Affairs (WCIA), MockCOP is an interactive opportunity for young people aged 14-18 to learn about the UN climate change talks, where representatives from countries all over the world meet to negotiate resolutions to tackle climate change.

Melanie Hill, Executive Officer and Trustee at the ScottishPower Foundation, said:

“At the ScottishPower Foundation, we’re passionate about supporting causes that really make a difference for communities, committed to fighting climate change, and dedicated to helping young people achieve their full potential for a brighter future. The charities we’re funding this year do all of that – and more – carrying out exceptional work, often in challenging circumstances, as they strive to make lives better.

“We recognise that now, more than ever, people are relying on charities and their services and we’re very proud to support these efforts in such a meaningful way. We’ll continue to work closely with our charity partners to help maximise the impact of our ScottishPower Foundation funding to achieve the best possible outcomes for people and communities across the UK.”

Elspeth Jones, Director at Size of Wales, said:

“MockCOP develops young people’s skills, knowledge and confidence to discuss the topic of climate change and encourages them to think about how climate change is affecting people from different perspectives. Next year’s MockCOP events will lead up to the UN’s annual climate change talks, COP, being held in the UK. This will hopefully provide a platform to reach even more young people across Wales, and help develop their understanding of international relations, by considering the perspective of other nations and role playing those nations in our model conference.

“Climate Change is a subject many students feel motivated to act upon, and we want to empower young people to feel that they can be part of the solution with the kind support of the ScottishPower Foundation.”

If your school is interested in applying for MockCOP, then please email: [email protected]

The ScottishPower Foundation provides funding to help support the advancement of education, environmental protection, arts and culture and citizenship. It also supports charities who aim to provide relief from poverty, disability, or other disadvantages.

Find out more on the SP Foundation website here:

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