Crime cash paid for summer events
A summer programme which set out to give young people a range of confidence-building, positive experiences has been hailed a huge success.
Attracting more than 500 participants, the six-week initiative offered young people a range of activities to prepare them for employment or further education.
West Dunbartonshire Youth Alliance, which incorporates West Dunbartonshire Council’s Working4U team and voluntary group Y Sort-it, delivered the programme of events, which was backed by £13,250 from the Scottish Government.
Originally aiming to sign up 80 young people between the ages of 10 and 18, the project team actually registered 512 youngsters on a wide range of activities that included sporting activities and cultural visits.
Councillor Diane Docherty, the convener of housing and communities, said: “The idea behind these activities was to offer young people the kind of interaction and stimulation that could stand them in good stead as they move forward into employment or further education and clearly this is a project that we would very much like to continue in the coming years.”
Councillor Iain McLaren, vice-convener of housing and communities, added: “The feedback from the summer programme is very encouraging and shows that the young people who took part certainly had a positive experience.
“It is vital that we ensure young people from every community in West Dunbartonshire are given the opportunity to learn new skills.
“I would like to thank every volunteer and member of staff who worked so hard on this project and every youngster who took part.”
Activities were spread between Dumbarton, the Vale of Leven and the Clydebank area.
Holyrood justice secretary Michael Matheson came to Dumbarton and said: “I was delighted to be able to meet the volunteers and learn at first hand the very real differences that the Scottish Government’s Cashback programme is making to young people’s lives.
“The programme allows us to use money seized from criminals and invest it in facilities and activities which benefit local communities throughout Scotland.”
Success Donald Brown, Katie Lees, Michael Matheson, Abbie Lyden, Lewis Timney and Michael McKernan