Grants for inspiring young Scots

Twenty five groups across Scotland are celebrating a share in over £1 million from the Young Start Fund.

Young Start distributes money from dormant bank accounts to projects who work with children and young people, aged between 8 and 24, to help them realise their potential.

A number of today’s ventures focus on providing training and employment opportunities.

Official qualifications and accreditations, positive lifestyle messages and football coaching sessions are on offer to 14 to 16 year olds in Craigneuk, Wishaw thanks to Motherwell Football Club Community Trust.

Charlie Bennett, General Manager of Motherwell Football Club, said: “We are delighted to receive this award from the Young Start Fund. Starting Futures is an innovative two year programme which will use the power of football to inspire young people and improve their lifestyles, rebuild their confidence, and achieve new skills and qualifications that will improve their employment prospects.

“Participants will follow a personal progression path giving them with a range of skills and qualifications that will lead to work placements, volunteering and employment opportunities. Starting Futures will also deliver lifestyle messages covering alcohol and solvent abuse, diet and nutrition, and sexual health. The funding will allow us to make a real difference to young people’s lives in Craigneuk.

Station House Media Unit
Station House Media Unit

Station House Media Unit (shmu) is a community media group in Aberdeen. Their Youth Media Project will provide creative opportunities for young people, aged 12 to 19 as they learn about all aspects of live radio and television production and broadcasts. The project will help them develop skills including research, writing, presenting and editing media for broadcast.

Murray Dawson, CEO of shmu, said: “‘This is an exciting and dynamic project with huge potential to enhance the lives of young people who will be given support and training in all stages of preparation for broadcast. The ‘live’ aspect offers significant challenges which will be overcome through confidence, good communication, dedication and group work, all of which will arm the young people with a wide range of new skills. We are really looking forward to guiding them in shaping their own futures into something positive, rewarding and inspirational.”

Visit our website for more information on the other projects receiving funding today.

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