Befriend a Child has been awarded a £20,000 grant of £20,000 for mentoring projects in Aberdeenshire.
The charity is set to go into secondary schools and help to mentor their students.
Befriend a Child is now working in partnership with MCR Pathways in Glasgow to continue its successful mentoring project.
Selected volunteers are to be trained and then will be able to help children who risk being excluded.
Secondary schools including Peterhead, Inverurie, Banff and Fraserburgh will benefit from the plans.
The windfall of £20,000 came from the Crerar Hotel Trust as part of the trust’s commitment to reinvest in communities.
Jackie Hothersall, CEO of Befriend a Child, said the money will help the organisation make a positive impact in children’s lives
She said: “Receiving this award from the Crerar Hotels Trust has been amazing for us at Befriend a Child.
“The money has enabled us to continue our mentoring in schools programme in Aberdeenshire.
“Working in partnership with MCR Pathways in Glasgow, we match carefully-selected and trained volunteers to youngsters in schools who are at risk of exclusion.
“The Crerar Trust award will therefore continue to help us make a difference to the lives of many children and young people.”
The charity is currently on the lookout for volunteers who would like to be involved with the MCR Pathways mentoring, and has asked anyone who is interested to get in touch.