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£625,000 of money from criminals goes to youth work projects across Scotland via the Youth Work Fund

Posted on: Monday 18th May 2015

£625,000 of money from criminals goes to youth work projects across Scotland via the Youth Work Fund

In this latest round of funding YouthLink Scotland has awarded over £625,000 of CashBack funding to organisations within the youth work sector to deliver a whole range of projects for young people in local communities.

The CashBack Youth Work Fund has been operating for seven years. Following this latest allocation of grant awards, over £9 million has now benefited 1738 projects across all 32 local councils in Scotland.

The projects will deliver diversionary activity for young people who could be at risk of becoming involved in anti-social behaviour.

The fund is administrated and delivered by the National Agency for Youth Work, YouthLink Scotland.

The CashBack for Communities Youth Work Fund is an open fund and is available to any project that aims to engage young people in exciting, challenging and developmental youth work opportunities in communities across Scotland.

Commenting on the latest round of CashBack for Communities Youth Work Fund 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 Scotland.

“This government is committed to ensuring young people 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.

“Scotland’s unique CashBack for Communities programme invests monies seized from criminals back into our communities. Since 2008, we’ve committed £75 million community initiatives right across the country, improving lives and helping Scotland prosper.”

Chief Executive of YouthLink Scotland, Jim Sweeney commented:

“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, in every part of Scotland.”

CashBack for Communities is a Scottish Government programme which takes funds recovered from the proceeds of crime and invests them into free activities and programmes for young people across Scotland.

Details on how much funding each local authority area received is available here

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