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Over half a million to boost prospects for young Scots

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Young Start
Release date:
10 1 2013

Projects giving young Scots the skills and confidence to embrace the future today (10 JAN) share Young Start grants totalling £550,516.

Run by the Big Lottery Fund Scotland, Young Start awards money from dormant bank and building society accounts that have seen no customer-initiated activity for at least 15 years. The money supports a range of projects that help young people aged eight to 24 reach their full potential.

Big Lottery Fund Scotland Director, Jackie Killeen said: “Historical research, drama, outdoor adventure, basketball and talking newspapers are just some of the methods being used to help young people achieve the skills and confidence they need for the future. Today’s Young Start grants are going to a wide range of innovative projects which will have a positive impact on all those involved. The Young Start programme creates opportunities for children and young people to help them be all they can be and these projects reflect that aim.” 

Drama, research and rural skills will be open to young people in Mid Argyll. Based in Lochgilphead, MAYPOLE – the Mid Argyll Young People Outdoor Learning Experience will use their two year grant of £27,700 to run a creative learning project for the area’s young people. Those taking part in the project will explore the history of area, through its landscape, buildings and people. The aims are to increase the skills and confidence of the young people involved, develop cross generational relationships in the community, and meet people from different backgrounds.

Rusty Boat is a young people’s theatre company based in Port Glasgow. Using their £42,420 Young Start grant, the group plan to register their company, expand its activities and increase their numbers. Over the next two years they’ll create four theatrical shows with young people aged 12 to 17. The performances aim to involve new members, develop their skills and increase confidence. The group hope to make theatre more accessible to young people in the Inverclyde area giving them a creative outlet and the chance to take part in the arts and broaden their experiences.

Abseiling, archery, camping, climbing, and fishing are some of the many activities on offer for a number of young carers from across Scotland. The Care2Share project co-ordinated by Camp and Trek will  use their grant of £50,000 to run a series of five day residential breaks. Basing themselves in the stunning locations of  Skye, Raasay and Kinlochteil, up to 80 young carers aged 12-25 will also take part in gorge scrambling, hill walking, kayaking, night navigation, orienteering, rafting, sailing, mountain biking and coasteering.

Bankie Talk Talking Newspaper is a talking newspaper for the blind set up in 1989 by a group of dedicated volunteers. They send tapes and discs to blind and visually impaired people every week, mostly in the Clydebank area, but also to ex-Bankies who live further afield. Today’s grant of £46,310 for the Bankie Talk Youth Project means it can continue to provide training to young volunteers who will record articles and information from Now, Empire and 4-4-2 onto an audio format for other young people who are visually impaired. The volunteers will work towards Diana Certificates of Excellence, with hours worked also contributing towards the MVA certificates.

Other projects receiving funding today include:-

Health Opportunities Team, Edinburgh - £25,202
Feel Good Groups: Actively Improving Health & Wellbeing for Young People will provide physical exercise and health education opportunities for Craigmillar, Liberton and Gilmerton.

Stirling Knights Basketball Club, Falkirk - £26,800
Stirling Knights Young Leaders project will train and support young people to deliver a basketball community programme. A range of accreditation will be available for young people aged 14 to 23.

Renfrewshire Carers Centre, Renfrewshire- £42,389
The ADHD Support project Will offer respite to carers by encouraging those young people being cared for to participate in support groups, where they will be able to mix and share experiences with their peers in a supportive and fun environment.

Muirhouse Youth Development Group, Edinburgh - £46,000
Northern Lights’ is a two year project engaging local young people, aged 14 to 24, in sport, arts and outdoor learning. Approximately 60 young people will benefit from the Edinburgh-based project, which will offer weekly activities in a range of local venues and outdoor locations throughout Scotland.

Riverside Community Hall, Govan - £50,000
Fighting Back project means young people in Govan will enjoy better youth facilities. Four weekly clubs, seven day access, volunteering opportunities, sport, and outward bound activities will now be on offer.

Fablevision, Govan - £48,400
The Water Row Landing project will involve 12 long term unemployed young people researching the the area, in particular Show People, and presenting their findings to the wider community using a variety of media.

Southside Youth Work Support Agency, Pollokshields and Southside Central area of Glasgow - £47,994
Youth Learning Academy project will give young people a chance to take part in urban art, music, football, dance and drama. They’ll be able to work towards the Duke of Edinburgh, Youth Achievement or Dynamic Youth Awards.

Reachout! Scotland, Glasgow - £50,000
Their Mentoring Project will help in three areas: an after school club for children aged 11-16 which will assist with academic achievement; a 15-18 years old boys club to help enterprise and health; and a summer programme preparing for the transition to secondary school.

Castlemilk Youth Complex Limited - £47,301
The Youth Stress Centre’s two year project will help young people in Castlemilk with emotional problems providing weekly one hour support sessions over the course of 12 weeks.   

Further Information

For more details contact Frances Chisholm, Press Team Scotland, 0141 242 1458
BIG advice line: 0300 123 7110     Textphone: 0845 6021 659
For more information about Big Lottery Fund programmes and grant awards
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Notes to Editors

• Dormant accounts are defined in the Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Act 2008 as those which have seen no customer-initiated activity for at least 15 years. 
• In September 2011 the Scottish Government formally issued instructions to the Big Lottery Fund to distribute dormant accounts funding for the benefit of Scotland’s voluntary and community sector.
• The Reclaim Fund Ltd. (RFL), which was established in March 2011 to receive and invest dormant account balances across the UK, transferred the first tranche of monies from dormant bank and building society accounts to BIG on 2 August 2011. Scotland will receive an 8.4% share of the total funds to be distributed.
• The Distribution of Dormant Account Money (Apportionment) Order 2011 prescribes that Scotland will receive 8.4% of the dormant accounts money to be made available for distribution by the Big Lottery Fund under the 2008 Act. The Big Lottery Fund has confirmed a grants budget of £3.7m to 31 March 2012 and an indicative budget of £5.2m for 2012/13. This gives an estimated total grants budget of £8.9m to 31 March 2013.  It should be noted that the 2012/13 figure is a median projection and may go down or up.
• The Big Lottery Fund is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK since June 2004 It also uses its expertise in grant-giving to distribute non-Lottery funding. Full details of the BIG funded programmes and grant awards in Scotland are available at www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/scotland