Opportunity knocks with Young Start

Gorgie City Farm
Gorgie City Farm
Lauren running the pony rides

Young Start funding can help children and young people gain the abilities and confidence they need for positive and healthy futures.

Gorgie City Farm is open to thousands of visitors every year and boasts a large volunteer base. A grant of £49,256 for their Youth Project will work with young people involved in substance misuse, anti-social behaviour, failing at school and struggling to move onto positive destinations. The initiative involves caring for animals, and gaining hands-on experience of animals and animal care in a supported environment.

Lauren started at Gorgie Farm when she was 13 years old as a weekend youth volunteer. Now 19, she’s employed by them to run their pony sessions, has worked for the Youth Project, and has progressed through Animal Care & Agriculture HNCs.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s SCO VIBE project will deliver a programme of fusion music opportunities for 11-18 year olds in Edinburgh. 

Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Scottish Chamber Orchestra

SCO Connect Director, Lucy Forde, said: “The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is thrilled to have the generous support of an award of £15,500 from the Young Start Fund for the SCO VIBE fusion band. This funding will give young people of all ages and backgrounds from across Edinburgh the opportunity to create and perform music with musicians from the SCO and the City of Edinburgh Council. SCO VIBE aims to inspire and raise the aspirations of young people through collaborative music-making, providing musical pathways that will support them to fulfil their potential.’

Meanwhile, it’s a double whammy for Cranhill Arts Project in Glasgow’s East End. They recently received a Celebrate grant to run a series of workshops with a wide range of local people enabling them to make sculptures and murals on a sporting theme. Now a Young Start Fund grant of £44,480 means their Life Skills Development project will run a programme of digital photography and IT skills, arts & crafts and exhibition design and layout for young people who are either in care or within the justice system.

The projects funded today will help young people develop a wide range of skills, including: media production, digital photography, musical and sporting activities, and peer mentoring. They’re great examples of initiatives that will help increase confidence and broaden young people’s horizons.

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