Scotland’s youth organisations welcome Young Start

Three of Scotland’s leading youth organisations have welcomed the launch of Young Start, a new multi million fund aimed at supporting Scotland’s children and young people.

Young Start, developed and run by the Big Lottery Fund, will invest £8.9million by March 2013 in projects that help children and young people aged 8 to 24 to be more confident, healthy, ready for work and more connected with older generations in their community.

Welcoming the launch of Young Start, Jim Sweeney, Chief Executive of YouthLink Scotland, the national agency for youth work, said: “Having been involved in the consultation of this programme, we particularly welcome the age groups it will target, the key themes it will address and the ease of the application process that will be in place for this fund. I am sure that YouthLink Scotland’s members will engage with this new funding stream to provide innovative and effective interventions aimed at providing great opportunities for our young people to grow and prosper.”

Carol Downie, Chief Executive, Youth Scotland, said: “We warmly welcome the announcement of the Big Lottery Fund’s Young Start Fund. The Youth Scotland network of youth clubs and groups is representative of the wide range of inspiring, volunteer-led youth projects taking place in communities across Scotland. Whilst many exist on limited resources, the opportunities they provide are invaluable. This significant investment of £8.9 million will help strengthen such projects, as well as supporting new initiatives to get off the ground.”

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive, Young Scot, said: “As the national youth information charity, Young Scot knows that young people across Scotland are filled with innovative and inspiring ideas that can positively benefit the lives of others. At Young Scot, we can’t wait to see the ideas that young people have that they want to turn into reality, made possible with this fantastic new fund.”

Groups can keep up to date with the latest Young Start news through twitter and facebook or download an application form here.

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