STV Appeal 2012 - Born To Lose?

This year's STV Appeal is aimed at helping a cause closely linked to the work of the VRU - helping children and young people in Scotland who are affected by poverty.

Working with six major Scottish charities (Aberlour, Action for Children, Barnardo's Scotland, Children 1st, Save the Children Scotland and One Parent Families Scotland), many of whom the VRU has worked with previously, the Scottish broadcaster's appeal supports initiatives that seek to change the lives of Scotland's most vulnerable young people in a sustainable, long term way.

VRU co-directors John Carnochan and Karyn McCluskey have been supporting and advising the appeal board prior to launch. The work of the appeal featured a documentary, Born to Lose, which looked at the long lasting effects of being born into poverty and the problems this causes for future generations of Scots. Paul Brannigan, star  The Angels' Share and former client of CIRV, the groundbreaking gangs' project run by the VRU for two years, explored his harrowing childhood, retracing the steps that led him to running with a gang and ultimately to prison and examining the issues with, among others, Chief Medical Officer Dr Harry Burns and the VRU's John.

The programme was followed by a debate on the issues on Scotland Tonight.

Find out more about the STV Appeal.