CashBack for Communities delivers support, opportunity and activities across all 32 of Scotland’s local authorities.
During 2020/21, and despite the impact of Covid-19 restrictions, the Fund’s 24 partner organisations worked with 13,978 young people across Scotland.
The breakdown of activity by local authority, now available here highlights the wide range of work undertaken by CashBack partners in thousands of local communities and the strong positive impact on our young people.
The parent of one young participant from Aberdeen, said:
“My son struggled so much in lockdown; it was difficult to watch. The only thing he still enjoyed was being with shmu online [CashBack partner Station House Media Unit]. I think it was about the only time in the week I heard him laughing and sounding excited about anything.”
To find out more about the work of the CashBack for Communities in your local area during 2020/21, please click on a local authority here:
In Stromness, Orkney, 17 year-old Megan Coulston explained how her CashBack participation had developed her own ambitions:
“The Scottish FA CashBack Programme is one of the best things I have taken part in, I have met new friends, gained more confidence and got my coaching qualifications to help my community. My future goals are to develop girls’ football in Orkney and hopefully in the next few months I will be starting up my own community girls’ football team for primary girls.”
Cameron, from Glasgow, attended the CashBack Gateway To Employment programme with Celtic FC Foundation. His experience was life-changing:
“If you said to me even a month ago that I would have a job, have meaning and would enjoy life again, I wouldn’t have believed it!”
Through 2020/21, Covid-19 meant partners had to operate under significant restrictions and adapt new methods of delivery. With support from the Scottish Government and Inspiring Scotland, partners were able to play a vital role in helping communities and vulnerable young people. In total, £4,641,367 was spent in 2020/21, focussed on those aged 10 to 25 and living in our most disadvantaged communities.