First Young Start awards

Young people in many parts of Scotland are to benefit from a range of activities that will boost their confidence and future employment prospects, thanks to the first awards from our Young Start fund.

Across the country 20 groups are sharing in grants totalling £863,106. Young Start aims to help young Scots aged 8 to 24 reach their full potential through a range of healthy, intergenerational, fun and employability projects. The investment comes from dormant accounts which are bank and building society accounts that have seen no customer-initiated activity for at least 15 years.

Announcing the first awards, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Director, Jackie Killeen, said: “These Young Start awards mark the beginning of a range of exciting projects that will boost the confidence and future prospects of thousands of young Scots. While not all projects will focus on employability many of them will give young people the vital skills and training that will prepare them for their future job search. Others will improve their physical and mental health while many more will allow youngsters to try new creative activities for the first time.”

Amongst the successful groups is the Callander Youth Project Trust which receives £46,700 to deliver the SQA Steps to Work Employability Programme to 18 young people aged fifteen and over from this rural area. The project will provide work placements, help with preparing CVs and other practical activities that develop employability skills.

Meanwhile in Glasgow young disabled people aged between 12 and 18 will be able to enjoy   range of activities including Wii competitions, table tennis and computer training, at the Tuesday Teens weekly youth club which receives an award of £38,953.

A full list of all of today’s successful Young Start groups can be found here

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