Over a quarter of a million pounds will fund creative projects across the country to support the Scottish Government’s aim to tackle inequalities experienced by Scotland’s young people, in the Year of Young People 2018.
The CashBack for Creativity Open Fund, administered by YouthLink Scotland on behalf of Creative Scotland, has awarded a total of £252,000 to 32 community-based arts project across the country.
The fund offers a chance for young people to access a range of high-quality arts, screen and creative industries activities including filmmaking, fashion, design, arts and crafts, dance creations, music making and creative writing.
The CashBack for Creativity Fund provides essential creative opportunities to Scotland’s young people to raise their aspirations for future employment and build confidence and self-esteem while also having fun in their communities.
CashBack for Creativity is funded through the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities programme, which redistributes the proceeds of crime to benefit young people.
Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said: “Today’s investment of £252,000 in 32 CashBack for Creativity projects underlines the Scottish Government’s commitment to tackling inequalities across Scotland by helping young people reach their full potential in life.
“Since 2008 we have committed £92 million to CashBack and other community programmes with £6.3 million invested in CashBack for Creativity initiatives. I am keen to ensure that such opportunities continue to be provided to help young people develop skills for the workplace, gain confidence and find employment.”
Laura Black, Arts Officer – CashBack for Creativity, Creative Scotland said: “The CashBack for Creativity Fund provides essential creative opportunities to Scotland’s young people to raise their aspirations for future employment and build confidence and self-esteem while also having fun in their communities.
“The first round of the CashBack for Creativity Open Fund supported over 34 projects, providing access to hundreds of young people who are now producing, creating and exhibiting their own work. For many this is the first time they’ve been able to access creative opportunities.”
Jim Sweeney MBE, CEO YouthLink Scotland, The National Agency for Youth Work said: “We want to celebrate young people and the youth workers who make a difference. YOYP 2018 is all about celebrating their talents and achievements, and the contribution young people make to their communities and the wider world.
“CashBack is truly unique, Scotland is the only government within the UK that is using cash seized from criminals and putting it back where it should be, right at the heart of communities, to enrich and invest in our young people through creative opportunities through great youth work.”
The funding was announced during a visit to WHALE Arts where Justice Secretary Michael Matheson met with local youngsters involved in an Indian Dance Project, supported through the programme and delivered in partnership with Dance Ihayami, that will enable young people in Wester Hailes to participate in Indian dance, choreography, costume and set design and music activities.
WHALE Arts Chief Executive Leah Black said: “The WHALE Arts team are delighted to have received funding from CashBack for Creativity for the Inspire Indian Dance Project in partnership with Dance Ihayami which will allow young people to participate in Indian dance, choreography, costume and set design and music activities at WHALE Arts Centre in Wester Hailes, Edinburgh.
“We are pleased to welcome Michael Matheson to WHALE, in partnership with Dance Ihayami, for the launch of the CashBack Open Fund, and look forward to introducing the dancers and young people involved, and discussing the wider community-led creative programme that takes place at WHALE and across Wester Hailes.”
YouthBorders, who received a grant of £9,800, are another of the many projects to benefit. Youth Work Lead for the project, Clare De Bolle says the money from CashBack is invaluable to their work with local youngsters: “YouthBorders and Sound Cycle are delighted to receive CashBack for Creativity Open Funding to support the development of the Youth Music Forum and a second album of young Borders’ musicians. There are no barriers, anyone can take part with lots, little or no experience, or with just a love of music and a desire to try new things.
“We are tremendously grateful for CashBack support to underpin what has been achieved and what we can achieve going forward, all with the aim of providing and promoting music and creativity during Year of Young People and beyond for the Scottish Borders.”