Mentor project funding boost

AN INITIATIVE to steer young people in Leith away from a life of crime has been given a funding boost.

Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland has awarded £6000 to Leith Acorn Centre YMCA’s early-intervention project, which involves local mentors being matched with young people who are seen as being at risk of offending, or have been charged for the first time.

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Referrals are made from the police or through the Edinburgh Youth Offending Service.