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Tiny Changes are a Scottish charity, focused on building a community and working together to help young minds feel better. The charity was founded in 2019 by the family of Scott Hutchison – a much loved musician and artist – who died by suicide in 2018.
Scott's personality and core values are the light that guides Tiny Changes. The charity is determined to make an impact by raising money and distributing it to support innovative ideas either run by or for young people. Strath student Eva Curran recently caught up with Katie and Tom from the team to chat about the important work Tiny Changes is bringing to Strathclyde.
Tiny Changes funds some amazing projects through the Make Tiny Changes Fund, what initiatives are the team most proud of?
We couldn’t possibly choose! We have funded over 50 projects across Scotland which have directly supported around 6,000 young people. These projects range from a crisis café in Dundee to art classes in the borders and forest bike clubs. We are incredibly proud of every single one of them and can’t wait to fund even more amazing projects through the Make Tiny Changes Fund – which is now open!
The Union are really excited for the Tiny Changes Society to start! What do you hope to achieve from starting a society at Strathclyde?
Tiny Changes want to transform Scotland’s mental health. We work with a large group of amazing volunteers across Scotland and we know Strathclyde students would be another group of incredible people to have involved! We have seen the power in being part of such a bold and inspiring community of people.
We are also very excited about the social aspect of the society. From fundraising events, volunteering opportunities and working with other societies, there will be a lot of networking to ensure the best mental health support for all students. As a youth-led organisation, we want to support Strathclyde’s students. We hope to raise awareness and provide support for students facing mental health challenges.
Do you have any suggestions for how students can engage with Tiny Changes?
Tiny Changes staff work in the Union one day a week, every other week. We’re located on Level 2. Walk up the stairs from Roasters and we are located on the right-hand side. We’re next there on the 8th of November so pop by and say hello! We’re going to be a presence on campus so students can come chat with us about the charity, our work or how they can get involved. You can also find us on all social media platforms @tinychanges. We have some amazing events coming up this Winter and would be delighted to have some Strathclyde students volunteer at them!
The impact from the team is so inspiring. What goals do Tiny Changes want to achieve next year?
We have a lot of ambition for next year! We are looking forward to working with the Strath Union and the Tiny Changes society. The Make Tiny Changes Fund is currently open which will support children and young people’s mental health through grants in early 2023. We are also working with young people to decide our top priorities over the next few years. If anyone is interested in being involved, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!