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Over half a million to boost prospects for young Scots

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Young Start
Release date:
13 12 2012

Projects giving young Scots the skills and confidence to embrace the future today (13 DEC) share Young Start grants totalling £660,532

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: “Today’s Young Start grants are going to a variety of imaginative projects. I’m delighted to see the different ways this funding will help young people. Taking part in sports, learning to cook, enjoying the outdoors, discovering arts and crafts, and simply being able to socialise with others of a similar age helps develop confidence and skills. These activities provide a foundation for young people to work from and help them to make informed choices and decisions about their future.”

United Glasgow Football Club will use today’s one year grant of £47,845 to deliver a personal development project for refugees, asylum seekers and homeless people, aged 18-24. The United Glasgow Sports Project will run over 20 weeks and involve sports sessions, first aid training, team-based activities, physiotherapy and accredited training through the Skills for Work programme, plus first aid qualifications. With an emphasis on teamwork and structured activities the project is designed to encourage confidence in young people and provide them with recognised qualifications. There will also be the chance to develop group leader skills through sports sessions and an education module at North Glasgow College.

A new drop-in centre for the Isle of Skye will offer a place for young people to meet, socialise and access support services. OK Skate will use today’s one year grant of £50,000 to open the centre in Portree. Set up in 2006, OK Skate’s main aim was providing skate-boarding opportunities to local young people. Their Skye Youth Space project will offer young people across the island a range of social and recreational activities. Employability and IT workshops will be available as will advice on drugs and alcohol. There will also be access to community facilities such as the swimming pool, leisure centre and the floodlit sports pitch at Staffin, and events making use of Skye’s natural environment.

The waters around Oban provide some of the best sailing in the country and now local teenagers will get the chance to experience this outdoor pursuit. A grant of £49,973 for Stramash’s two year Sail Oban project will provide dinghy sailing classes for young people aged 12-18 throughout the year. Stramash is a social enterprise and charity that uses the outdoor environment to provide life changing experiences for people. For those taking part the lessons will cover physical activity, teamwork, confidence building, the chance to gain development awards and the opportunity to coach and mentor.

Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow will host Scotland’s first Streetsoccer project thanks to today’s grant of £40,393. Graz Enterprises Ltd will use the one year grant to organise the event in spring 2013. Over 2,000 people will take part with 64 teams: 32 from local schools and colleges; 16 teams made up of local homeless people aged 16-24 years old; and 16 from businesses, local government and charities. Young people from schools and colleges will get experience planning and arranging each regional event. And for young homeless people, who can suffer severe isolation, it’s a great chance to play a sport and get together with groups of people they often feel cut off from.

IT Skills, healthy eating and a police supported workshop will be some of the activities on offer at Kilmarnock’s refurbished YMCA community centre. Yipworld.com, a social enterprise company, based in Cumnock, provides a wide range of activities for children and young people from out of school care to senior drop-in. Thanks to today’s grant of £44,081 Yipworld.com will bring their expertise to the YWorld Initiative, based at the YMCA in Kilmarnock, to create activities specifically aimed at building young people’s confidence. Older participants can train to become volunteers and then support classes within this two year programme, building their self esteem and gaining new skills.

Other projects receiving funding today include:-

The Urban Adventure Project, South Lanarkshire, £49,370
Blantyre Youth Development Team's `Urban Adventure' project will deliver outdoor activities, and one to one support in social development and work experience.

Youth Can Cook, Scottish Borders, £35,522
You Can Cook Community Interest Company will provide a two year cookery and healthy eating project in the Scottish Borders. Young people aged ten to 18 years will be able to take part in weekly workshops to learn about cooking, healthy eating and nutrition.

Community Kitchen, East Lothian, £50,000
North Berwick Dry Bar Association will offer a training and volunteering project for local young people. The programme of activities will include cookery, personal development work and volunteering at local social enterprise and community cafes.

Youth Forum Development, East Renfrewshire, £49,880
Able2Sail's two year project sees a customised yacht giving people with a wide range of disabilities the opportunity to take to the sea.

'Create - arts and craft peer mentoring and cross generational project, Edinburgh, £37,388
Young people aged 8-12 from Wester Hailes can enjoy WHALE Arts Agency's programme of after school and holiday arts workshops. Others aged 12-14 will be able to get involved as peer mentors.

Great Feats, Edinburgh, £30,000
The Dance Base Ltd’s project will provide young people aged 13-20 years, who are not attending school, or not in education, employment or training with the opportunity to participate in dance activities helping raise their self-esteem.

Get Up, Go Build Confidence/Wellbeing Through Indoor/Outdoor Learning, Clydebank, £37,458
The Get Up and Go Youth Club will enhance their existing service by running a two year programme of events for young people aged 8-18 with severe and complex additional support needs. Activities will include; arts and drama work, IT skills development, sporting activity, sensory workshops and outdoor expeditions.

Chill ‘n’ Chat, Argyll & Bute, £49,036
Islay and Jura Youth Action will use this two year grant to develop social activities, trips, training opportunities, and weekly youth clubs for local young people aged 8-18 years.

Orkney Youth Counselling, Orkney Islands, £41,590
The Orkney Alcohol Counselling and Advisory Service will work closely with other agencies to provide young people with the support, knowledge, coping strategies and skills to enable them to effectively deal with and overcome a range of complex issues.

Community House All Stars Project, Clackmannanshire, £47,996
Community House Limited will use this two year grant for a programme of activities to local young people aged 12-18. The project is centred on two housing estates in Alloa led by a part-time Youth Worker. It will build on existing services allowing young people to attend special outings and visits, and establish a Young People's Council at the organisation.

Further Information

For more details contact Frances Chisholm, Press Team Scotland, 0141 242 1458
BIG advice line: 0300 123 7110     Textphone: 0845 6021 659
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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