13 youth-focused groups to share £600k from Big Lottery Fund

Young Scots will benefit from a share of almost £600,000 funding from the Big Lottery Fund to help them reach their full potential.

The cash, from the funds Young Start programme, is awarded from dormant bank and buildings society account money which is shared among 13 groups. Picture: contributed

The cash, from the fund’s Young Start programme, is awarded from dormant bank and buildings society account money which is shared among 13 groups.

A total of £578,782 will be split between organisations which all help young people reach their potential.

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Projects receiving funding include MindMosaic Counselling and Therapy in Inverclyde, which benefits from £42,644 to expand its play therapy services for children and young people.

An award of £45,000 will allow Kustom Kruizers CIC in Renfrewshire to establish a community bicycle building project to teach young adults how to strip and restore bicycles.

Bright Light in Edinburgh will use its £47,400 award to employ a young people’s coach who will develop a ‘tool kit’ to help vulnerable people develop life skills to cope with stress and anxiety.

Maureen McGinn, chairwoman of the Big Lottery Fund Scotland, said: “Young Start creates opportunities for young people to reach their full potential.

“Every one of the 13 projects being awarded funding today shares that aim, so I am delighted to announce this latest investment totalling £578,782.”