Big Lottery funds help region’s young people

New youth group at the Duns Youth Centre. The group is a collaboration between 2 projects, 'Farming 4 All' and 'Healthy Connections' who have both received funding from Scotland's Big Lottery Fund. The aims of the projects are to increase young people's confidence by improving their skills, through education and personal development.
New youth group at the Duns Youth Centre. The group is a collaboration between 2 projects, 'Farming 4 All' and 'Healthy Connections' who have both received funding from Scotland's Big Lottery Fund. The aims of the projects are to increase young people's confidence by improving their skills, through education and personal development.

Connect Berwickshire Youth Project has been named among the recipients of £299,000 in funding from the Young Start programme.

Run by the Big Lottery Fund Scotland, Young Start awards money from dormant bank and building society accounts to support projects that help young people reach their full potential.

Based in Duns, the charity will use their award of £48,207 to deliver healthy and intergenerational activities to young people. All the workshops are designed to develop confidence and support the youngsters in their chosen field whether it be employment, further education or training.

Manager Steve Wright said: “We are delighted we have been awarded funding from Young Start.

“This will allow us to develop our existing ‘Healthy Connections’ and ‘Farming for All’ projects enabling more young people in Berwickshire to take part.

“Building relationships with young people is key to youth work and projects of this nature and these relationships develop over time.

“This is something we can continue to do without a break in our funding.’

Big Lottery Fund Scotland chair Maureen McGinn said: “Young Start helps ensure Scotland’s next generation has the best possible start in life and all these successful projects share that ambition.”