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£475k National Lottery cash boost for young people across Scotland

Young people across Scotland will be inspired to make a positive change in their lives, thanks to £474,900 of National Lottery funding awarded to 55 youth-focused projects today (THURS 6 SEPT), in celebration of Scotland’s Year of Young People.

The projects are an exciting opportunity for young people aged eight to 26 years old to shape and take part in a range of activities that will improve their health and wellbeing. These include arts and crafts, gardening, archaeology, rugby, shinty and projects that encourage young people to connect with local nature and wildlife. (See table awards for funding awarded in your area)

The funding has been made possible, thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, in a joint scheme from Scotland’s National Lottery distributors - Big Lottery Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund, sportscotland and Spirit of 2012, a UK trust endowed with cash from the Big Lottery Fund.

Amongst the organisations celebrating today is Waverley Care, which receives £10,000 to run the Wave Project which will support young people to improve sexual health education in the Highlands, both by delivering their own events and collaborating with key stakeholders in the area.

Jo Sykes, Young People’s Education Coordinator at Waverley Care, said: “We are thrilled to have been awarded funding from the Year of Young People National Lottery Fund! We want to ensure young people are at the forefront of evaluating, developing and improving sexual health services and this funding will allow us to fully involve young people in shaping future programmes and resources within the Wave Project.

“The funding will also allow us to support young people in remote and rural areas with limited access to support, to have a voice and stand up for their rights in regards to their sexual health and relationships. We can’t wait to get started.”

Based in Glasgow, Awaz- The Voice of the Community will use their award of £9,400 help young people from ethnic minority communities to lead on the production of a series of radio programmes focusing on key issues affecting young people.

Rizwan Ahmed, Manager, Awaz - The Voice of the Community, said: “We are delighted with this National Lottery funding. The young people are really looking forward to working on the project, which will give them an opportunity to learn new skills while making radio programmes on issues affecting them. These will then be aired on the radio to a wider audience so that young people have a platform to discuss the issues that matter most to them.”

Thanks to an award of £9,500Edinburgh & Lothians Greenscape Trust (ELGT) will reconnect young people with the outdoors and their greenspaces through a series of outdoor activities.

Charlie Cumming, Chief Executive, ELGT, said: “We are delighted to have received the funding for our outdoor education project in Craigmillar Castle Park from the Year of Young People National Lottery Fund. This will provide an opportunity for young people to reconnect with nature through a range of outdoor activities encouraging them to be outdoors in a natural environment that will realise the positive impact this can provide.

“The project will work with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who will greatly benefit from having access to a structured personalised outdoor activity programme, enabling them to enjoy the outdoors and what nature has to offer. The participants will learn more about the local wildlife and how to look after it for future generations.”

Welcoming the announcement, Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Seona Reid, said on behalf of the Scottish National Lottery distributors: “Congratulations to all of the successful groups sharing in £474,900 of National Lottery funding to celebrate Scotland’s Year of Young People.

“This funding will support projects that put young people front and centre in developing and running activities that encourage them to lead active healthy lives and improve their health, wellbeing and confidence. I am looking forward to hearing about the amazing feats they will accomplish over the coming months.”

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Notes to editors:

  • 2018 is the Year of Young People in Scotland. To mark the occasion, a new fund from The National Lottery has been made available for projects celebrating young people aged 8 to 26 across Scotland.
  • The Year of Young People National Lottery Fund is a joint awards programme from the Big Lottery Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund, sportscotland – the national agency for sport - and Spirit of 2012 Trust, a UK trust endowed with funds from the Big Lottery Fund.
  • Since The National Lottery began in 1994, Lottery players have raised £3bn of #NationalLottery funding has been invested in 63,000 projects across Scotland.
  • Heritage Lottery Fund invests money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. 
  • sportscotland is the national agency for sport. It is a non-departmental public body, responsible through ministers to the Scottish Parliament. It is a National Lottery Fund distributor and is governed by National Lottery distribution rules. sportscotland invest Scottish Government and National Lottery resources to build a world-class sporting system for everyone in Scotland. 
  • Big Lottery Fund supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities across the UK. We are responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery and invest over £650 million a year in projects big and small in health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
  • Spirit of 2012 funds arts and sports projects that foster greater community cohesion, empower those who are most under-served and challenge perceptions of disability.


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