Young Start creates memories to last a lifetime

Imagine that you didn’t know the sea was salty or you had never seen a highland cow.   These were the thoughts of children were taken on their first ever holiday by Lossiemouth based charity, Outfit Moray.

Now, thanks to Young Start funding of £48,803 Ouftit Moray can take 120 young people from across the region on holiday taking a break from their often difficult day to day lives.  Each young person will be encouraged to create a “memory box” which they can draw upon to remember happier times after they return home.

Ian Rideout, Chief Executive Officer Outfit Moray, said, “We are extremely grateful to be awarded this grant as it will enable us to reach more vulnerable children across Moray, many of whom live in poverty, are neglected or who never get the opportunity to have fun outdoors. We are desperate to help break the cycle of child poverty and to provide lasting memories of what life can be like living and having fun in a caring community.”

Fun on stage at Toonspeak
Fun on stage at Toonspeak

Based in Glasgow, Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre will be able to run a two year Creative Learning Programme for over 250 young people after an award of £47,444.  The programme will use the theatre as a base to develop transferable skills as well as get the youngsters thinking about their future career path. Activities will run in various community centres across the city including Townhead, Milton, Maryhill, Springburn and Dennistoun.

 Rachel Smith, Creative Learning Director Toonspeak, said, “Support from Young Start is crucial to the ongoing and successful development of our Creative Learning Programme for young people all over Glasgow.  Our approach will help to promote confidence, good health and enterprise in the many young people we engage with.  We really appreciate this ongoing support to allow us to focus on the young people’s progression towards having healthier, happier and more fulfilled lives.”

Young Start helps ensure that Scotland’s next generation has the best possible start in life. Read about the other four projects sharing in the latest round of awards.

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