£30,000 boost for villages’ youth cafe announced

Cove and Kilcreggan’s Youth Café has been handed a £30,000 boost.

It’s one of three organisations to receive awards from the Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant Scheme.

Susie Will, who set up the youth café and has spearheaded the latest funding drive, said the money would be used to develop the tennis courts area off Church Road in Cove.

Launched in 2011, the café was forced to close at one stage because it lacked funding, but reopened in May last year.

“I’m absolutely delighted,” said Susie: “Thank you so much to everyone for the all-important letters of support, they made all the difference.”

The Healthy Outlook project at Cardross Primary School was awarded £3,610, while Helensburgh and Lomond Carers will receive £6,500.

The scheme is co-chaired by Argyll and Bute Council’s armed forces and veterans champion, Maurice Corry, and Commander Ian Riches, Base Executive Officer at HM Naval Base Clyde.

Commander Riches said: “The scheme has brought in close to £400,000 into Argyll and Bute for many different projects that benefit the integration of armed forces personnel and their families as well as veterans into the communities of the region.

“The support that the council gives our families is superb and we look forward to continuing to work together in developing the Armed Forces Covenant in the region.”

And Cllr Corry added: “This grant scheme is a tremendous idea and gives a real cash boost to communities. It extends into every area of community life and at every level of interest.

“The members of the board were very impressed with the standard of the bids presented and the hard work put in by all seven applicants.

“We passed seven applications for funding through to the Scottish regional board in Stirling where I am delighted to say four of them were awarded funding.”

A youth sailing group in Campbeltown also received a grant.