Young people in Scotland will benefit from a diverse range of projects that will enable them to grow their talents in music and the arts, education and recreational activities, thanks to the latest round of grants from Young Start fund.
Scottish groups are sharing grants totalling £626,343 from this new fund which aims to help young Scots aged 8 to 24 reach their full potential through a range of fun, educational and employability projects. The Young Start investment comes from dormant bank and building society accounts that have seen no customer-initiated activity for at least 15 years.
Announcing today’s awards Big Lottery Fund Scotland Head of Communications John Fellows said: “These Young Start grants demonstrate the range of fantastic work carried out by Scotland’s voluntary and community sector to support our young people. We’re delighted to be able to support projects which will ensure that young people who are most in need can get off to a flying start in life.”
Young people aged 16 to 19 in Edinburgh can hone their creative flair through the Impact Arts project Creative Pathways: Eco Chic Fashion Freak and Home, which receives £50,000. The project will provide 30 hard to reach young people living in Craigmiller, Portobello, Leith, Wester Hailes, Liberton and Gilmerton with the support, skills and confidence to progress towards accessing job seeking services, employment, volunteering, training or further education.
Budding musicians in Coaltown of Wemyss will benefit from music tuition through the Strike a Chord music project, which receives £27,350 to hire four professional music tutors to mentor a pool of 20 young people over two years. Once fully trained the young musicians will pass on their knowledge to new young project members, providing an alternative to the drink and drug scene in this rural town.
A full list of all 16 projects can be found in this excel table July 2012 Young Start Release.