Ar­ran youth groups get a £4,000 fund­ing boost

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Youth groups on Ar­ran are cel­e­brat­ing af­ter be­ing awarded a to­tal of £4,000 through North Ayr­shire Coun­cil’s youth participatory bud­get­ing scheme.

A to­tal of 56 clubs and groups from across North Ayr­shire re­ceived a share of £50,000 through the scheme, with ap­pli­ca­tions for the lat­est round of fund­ing hav­ing to fit at least one of Scot­land’s Year of Young Peo­ple legacy themes: health and well-be­ing, poverty and in­equal­ity and par­tic­i­pa­tion and young peo­ple’s voice.

Suc­cess­ful in their bids and re­ceiv­ing £800 each were: Ar­ran High School Moun­tain Bike Club, Ar­ran High School of Sport, Ar- ran Ju­nior Triathlon Club, Ar­ran Kayak Club and Ar­ran Youth Foun­da­tions.

The coun­cil’s youth cham­pion coun­cil­lor Shaun Ma­caulay said: ‘We would like to con­grat­u­late all of the groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions who have been suc­cess­ful in this lat­est round of participatory youth bud­get­ing.

‘With Scot­land’s Year of Young Peo­ple com­ing to an end, we hope that th­ese projects can help to build a last­ing legacy that will last well be­yond 2018.’

The scheme, which was launched in 2016, has as­sisted youth groups in at­tain­ing a num­ber of suc­cesses in­clud­ing the Mind Your Health tool­kit which re­ceived £6,000 of fund­ing in 2017.

The Mind Your Health pack, which con­tains a wealth of ad­vice and con­tacts for young peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a wide range of men­tal health is­sues, also con­tains real life sto­ries from young peo­ple who have ex­pe­ri­enced men­tal ill health, as well as learn­ing work­shops and items to help teach dis­trac­tion tech­niques. The pack also con­tains ad­vice for teach­ers, car­ers and youth work­ers who may be strug­gling to find the best ways to help young peo­ple in their care who are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dif­fi­cul­ties.

Now avail­able in ev­ery sec­ondary school across North Ayr­shire, the tool­kit was ini­tially the idea of for­mer mem­ber of the Scot­tish Youth Par­lia­ment Court­ney Gem­mell.

To find out more about North Ayr­shire Coun­cil’s participatory bud­get­ing schemes, visit www.northayr­shire. com­mu­nity/get-in­volved/ participatory-bud­get­ing-in-north-ayr­shire

For­mer YMSP Court­ney Gem­mell with a Mind Your Health Kit.

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