£50,000 lottery payout for youth project in Garelochhead

A youth group in Garelochhead has been congratulated after hitting the jackpot in the latest round of lottery funding.

Project 81 will receive £50,000 of funding from the Big Lottery Fund’s Young Start programme.

Additional activities in the coming year will include a volunteering programme, training for employment opportunities, cookery, indoor football and a youth partnership project.

The Garelochhead-based organisation said up to 200 young people would benefit.

Dumbarton constituency MSP Jackie Baillie said: “I was delighted to hear that Project 81 had been successful in their recent funding application.

“The centre is planning an impressive range of activities over the next year and I was particularly glad to hear that young people will be offered volunteering and training opportunities to help them get the skills they need for work.

“If there are any other groups in Dumbarton, Vale of Leven or Helensburgh who are looking for funding I would encourage them to visit the Big Lottery website or contact my office and I will be glad to assist where I can.”

Run by the Big Lottery Fund Scotland for the Scottish Government, Young Start awards money from dormant bank and building society accounts that have seen no customer-initiated activity for at least 15 years.

The money supports a range of projects that help young people aged eight to 24 years old reach their full potential, and the Garelochhead group was among ten projects sharing nearly £370,000 in a funding announcement today.

Neil Ritch, deputy director of Big Lottery Fund Scotland, said, “Young Start helps ensure that Scotland’s next generation has the best possible start in life, so I am delighted to announce this funding.

“Today’s projects have an emphasis on youth activities, volunteering, and offering training skills that will help with finding a job.

“Their common aim is to increase social and employment opportunities for young people across the country, giving them confidence, and helping them develop bright and positive futures.”