Posted on: Friday 6th November 2015
Sir Alex Ferguson, Scottish Government Ministers and hundreds of young people in Scotland have been involved in the very first #cashbackselfie campaign.
The #cashbackselfie campaign, run by YouthLink Scotland (YLS), is all about showcasing the wide range of projects and activities that have benefited from this initiative.
There have been over a hundred selfies including our first underground selfie from The Place based in the Highlands. Kids in the Street from Craigmillar in Edinburgh with a balance defying
Commenting on the campaign, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said: “YouthLink Scotland’s #cashbackselfie campaign is a great way to encourage our youngsters to get creative and I really enjoyed getting involved and learning the art of the perfect selfie.”water selfie and a very cool ‘caught in the act of the selfie’ from Toonspeak in Glasgow. Sir Alex Ferguson was also snapped with Shell Twilight Basketball Project. Scotland’s Justice Secretary, Michael Matheson provided us with an Oscars type selfie with the young people of Ocean Youth Trust, and Fiona Hyslop, Culture Secretary tweeted out hers from the Chill Out Zone in West Lothian.
Chief Executive of YouthLink Scotland, Jim Sweeney said: “Some brilliant selfies and for the young people themselves they are enjoying activities which challenge and excite them in the company of their friends and with support from youth workers many of whom are volunteers. That is ultimately why CashBack for Communities works so well.”
Emily Bennett, Toonspeak Development Officer believes CashBack makes a real difference: “It allows us to give the young people who live here opportunities to get creative in a safe and welcoming space that would not otherwise be possible.”
CashBack uses the proceeds of crime to invest in a safer, healthier and prosperous future for Scotland’s people. Since 2008 £75 million has been committed, which has delivered over 1.8 million free, positive and healthy opportunities and activities for young people in communities across Scotland.
The most recent round of the CashBack Open Arts Fund, administered by YouthLink Scotland, awarded over £200,000 to projects across Scotland. The CashBack Youth Work Fund, also managed by YLS, 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.