IT might not have been Santa who could take the credit for it but Coldstream Community Trust received a £13,025 grant for the town’s youth project to help toward staff wages at the internet cafe.
The grant to the Coldstream organisation was made in April last year and runs out in March this year, yet it was included in the Scottish Government’s announcement last week of the latest round of Cash Back Youth Fund grants.
Coldstream Youth Project manager, Julie Middlemiss Brown confirmed: “This was awarded in April 2011.
“We received our second installment a couple of months ago and it ends at the end of March.”
The Cashback Youth Fund scheme takes money seized from convicted criminals and ploughs it into youth projects across Scotland.
The Coldstream Community Trust youth project was one of three Border organisations included in the latest sharing out of the funding pie, with the other beneficiaries in the region being Burnfoot Youth Club who received £7,783.00 and Impact who were awarded £5,979, bringing a total of £26,787 to the Borders in the second phase of the fourth round of Cash Back Youth grants.
Other organisations in the region who also benefited last year were Peebles based Ish’uze Youth Action and Hawick’s Escape Youth Café received funding boosts to the tune of £9,549 and £6,064 respectively.
The CashBack for Communities Youth Work Fund is administrated and delivered by YouthLink Scotland, the national agency for youth work.
Following the latest allocation of grant funding from the fourth round of the fund, £6,580,199 has now been distributed to 641 separate organisations delivering diversionary youth work activity across all 32 local authority areas in Scotland.
Announcing the latest batch of funding during a visit to Parkhead Youth Project in Glasgow, another of the organisations to benefit from a Cash Back Youth Fund grant, Cabinet Secretary for Justice Kenny MacAskill said: “CashBack is making a real difference in the lives of young people across the country and I am delighted to announce the latest tranche of over £1.33 million for the Youth Work Fund – which means that over £6.5 million has now been awarded for projects which are helping our youngsters to make positive choices and realise their full potential.
“Since 2007, we have invested over £44 million of criminals’ seized cash into our communities through sporting, cultural, community, youth and third sector organisations.
“This has made a significant difference reaching over 600,000 young people across the length and breadth of the country and helping to build a brighter future for Scotland.”
Chief executive of YouthLink Scotland, Jim Sweeney, added: “YouthLink Scotland is delighted to play an integral role as a primary partner in delivering the innovative and highly successful CashBack for Communities Youth Work Fund.
“Youth work positively engages with more than 300,000 young people in Scotland, helping to build their skills, self-confidence and sense of community cohesion through a range of challenging and exciting activities.
“For the many young people and communities it engages with every day, youth work represents the ultimate form of preventative spend, offering fantastic value for money.
“The CashBack Youth Work Fund has supported and helped to deliver exciting youth work initiatives right across Scotland and has become a catalyst for first class partnership work underpinned by meaningful involvement from local communities.”