Bereaved children across Ayrshire will have more support in the future thanks to funding awarded to a popular charity.

Ayrshire Hospice is one of 14 charities set to receive funding from Tiny Changes, Scotland’s first national young people’s mental health charity.

The charity, which was set up in memory of artist and Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison, has run over 70 projects to date that help young minds feel better.

Ayrshire Hospice will take a share of the £115,000 being given to the charities across Scotland.

The hospice funding, confirmed on Wednesday, will go towards a new counselling programme for bereaved children across Ayrshire and Arran.  

This dedicated programme will aim to build a strong support network for bereaved children as they process what death means.

The counselling programme will be delivered across primary and secondary schools to create a culture within the schools where the needs of bereaved children are acknowledged and embraced.

Each of these funded projects directly supports young people’s mental health in local communities most impacted by the current cost-of-living crisis. 

In the past 3 years, the charity has funded 70 innovative mental health ideas, supporting over 4,000 children and young people across Scotland.