Tiny Changes can make a big impact of the lives of young people in the Borders

A charity set up in memory of Frightened Rabbit lead singer Scott Hutchison is making grants available to projects improving young people’s mental health in the Borders.

By Kevin McRoberts
Saturday, 1st August 2020, 7:30 am
Tiny Changes has been set up by the family of Scott Hutchison, lead singer and songwriter in Frightened Rabbit, who died in May 2018 at the age of just 36.
Tiny Changes has been set up by the family of Scott Hutchison, lead singer and songwriter in Frightened Rabbit, who died in May 2018 at the age of just 36.

Tiny Changes is launching the pilot small grant programme, the Make Tiny Changes Fund.

Beginning in the Scottish Borders – where Scott’s family is from – the Make Tiny Changes Fund will support a number of innovative projects with grants of up to £5000 each.

These projects will help improve attitudes and services around the mental health of young people aged 30 or under in communities across the Scottish Borders.

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In future Tiny Changes will fund projects throughout Scotland.

Tiny Changes is a Scottish mental health charity, set up in May 2019 by Scott’s family.

Trustees of the charity are Neil Hutchison, Scott’s big brother, Grant Hutchison, his younger brother and bandmate in Frightened Rabbit, and Marion Hutchison, mum of Neil, Scott and Grant.

In a statement, Neil and Marion said: “We are so excited to launch the first Make Tiny Changes Fund small grant programme.

“We’ve wanted to do this for a while now, but like the rest of the world, we’ve had to put our plans on ice for a few months.

“The whole ethos of the charity is to make lots of small impacts, which add up to a big change in how children and young people in Scotland cope.

“We have decided to focus our first programme on a specific area of the country and our home county of the Scottish Borders seemed like a good place to start.

“We can’t wait to hear from the young people of the Borders and the mental health community with their thoughts and ideas of how we can help.”

Through his music and art Scott made tiny changes that had a big impact.

His honesty and openness about his own mental health inspired people from all walks of life.

Following Scott’s death in May 2018, his close family were determined that something should carry on.

Scott was always honest about his own mental health struggles and they felt sure he would want his voice to continue to be heard.

This legacy inspired a bold vision; to make young minds feel better.

Scott’s family believe that young people need our support now more than ever.

Early intervention is essential to improve mental health, but our public services are struggling to cope.

Tiny Changes was set up to build a community, raise voices and inspire change that will transform young people’s mental health in Scotland.

Together, tiny changes are making a difference.

You can find out more about the Make Tiny Changes Fund at tinychanges.com.

The wesbite also includes all the details on how to apply.

Applicants will have until August 20 to send in a brief proposal, with suitable applicants then being invited to complete a full application through an interactive form.

The website also includes details of how to donate to the charity.

Every penny donated to Tiny Changes is hard earned and appreciated.

Tiny Changes wants to use that money to inspire change by investing in new and existing projects, supporting innovation that will improve young people’s mental health.