A Brechin youth project is celebrating after receiving a four figure sum in the latest round of funding from YouthLink Scotland.
The Attic Youth Project, situated on Clerk Street, received £4030 of funding from the CashBack scheme.
The Cashback for Communities Youth Work Fund is administered by the national agency for youth work, YouthLink Scotland, on behalf of the Scottish Government.
The Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities programme uses the ill-gotten gains of crime, recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and invests them back into communities across Scotland.
The money will be used to allow the Attic to continue providing a safe, fully equipped drop-in centre for local young people aged 12 to 25 years old, where they can attend a variety of free events and workshops.
Jim Milne, Director of The Attic, welcomed this new funding saying: “The whole point of our project is to make sure that social and economic barriers are removed so local young people can participate on a level playing field. It doesn’t matter what experience they come with, we encourage them all to have a go, pick up new skills and meet new people.”
Commenting on the latest round of CashBack awards, Justice Secretary, Michael Matheson said: “Investing in our young people is always money well spent and I am delighted that the Scottish Government’s Cashback for Communities programme is providing this valuable funding for worthy projects across Brechin.
“This government is committed to ensuring all young people in the local area reach their full potential. The vast majority of them are a credit to society but we want to prevent the small minority getting involved in crime or antisocial behaviour in the first place.”
Chief Executive of YouthLink Scotland, Jim Sweeney added: “Crime is a real blight on our neighbourhoods and it is right that money from the proceeds of crime goes back to the very heart of our communities, our young people. We know that youth work really does change the lives of young people, not only in Brechin but in every part of Scotland.”