Young Start, a new multi million pound fund supporting Scotland’s children and young people has opened for business.
Young Start will unlock the potential of thousands of children and young people aged 8 to 24 helping them to be more confident, healthy and connected with older people in their community. It will also focus on tackling youth unemployment by preparing young people for getting a job or starting a business. Young Start will invest £8.9 million over the next year focusing on Scotland’s voluntary and community sector.
The investment comes from dormant accounts where money previously left idle in unused bank and building society accounts will now be put to good use to benefit the wider community.
Speaking at the launch of the fund at Out of the Blue in Leith, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, said: “Young Start is a springboard to a better life for many of Scotland’s children and young people. Whether it’s helping young people prepare for the world of work, encouraging children to be more physically active or sharing knowledge and skills between generations, this fund will help young Scots flourish and be all they can be.”
Young Start can fund a range of activities for children and young people such as
- Using local artists in a creative arts project to improve young people’s confidence.
- Getting young people involved in sport through the use of local sports facilities.
- Young people teaching older people how to use technology and try new activities such as using the internet, social networking and gaming.
- Work experience tasters with local employers.