The CashBack for Communities Impact Report for 2021/2022 highlights the valuable support the CashBack programmes provided for 30,106 young people across Scotland.
CashBack for Communities projects provide a range of activities for young people which:
- Support people, families and communities most affected by crime
- Support those most at risk of being involved in antisocial behaviour, offending or reoffending into positive destinations
- Support young people most at risk of entering the justice system
- Provides intergenerational support for parents, families and children impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences
In welcoming the 2021/2022 Impact Report, Keith Brown, Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Veterans, said:
“I am pleased to welcome the CashBack for Communities Impact Report for 2021/2022.
The CashBack programme has been hugely successful in taking assets recovered from criminal activity to deliver diversionary activities and opportunities for young people since 2008. Up to March 2022, the programme has supported around 1.3 million young people across Scotland.
The findings of this interim annual report cover a year when young people continued to be impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The report recognises the significant challenges and successes for the 24 CashBack partner organisations in working hard to mitigate the negative impacts of the pandemic on young people.
Young people’s own voices are appropriately very prominent in this report. Their near unanimous support for the CashBack programme highlights the strength of the programme in reaching the communities and young people most in need. The CashBack programme supported over 30,000 young people across Scotland during the year and is now well on the way to achieving the outcomes established for Phase 5. This is a remarkable achievement and underlines the work of the delivery teams, volunteers and of course the young people who participate in and contribute to the success of the CashBack for Communities Programme.
CashBack Partners are to be strongly commended for their proactive implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. In leading on the use of Children’s Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessments (CRWIAs), the Partners have been able to demonstrate the CashBack programme’s support for UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Scottish Government’s National Performance Framework.”
During 2021/2022, participants were supported and encouraged to improve their capacity, confidence, physical and personal skills, and health and wellbeing.
Young people were equipped to improve their attendance, attainment, learning and employability to support them towards positive destinations. Participants positively contributed to their communities and gained community-focused awards.
CashBack Partners have been working to further support children’s rights in 2021/22 through implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (“UNCRC”). The CashBack for Communities programme aims to recognise, respect and promote children’s rights, including the right to be treated fairly, the right to be heard and the right to be as healthy as possible.
“the [Children’s Rights and Wellbeing] Impact Assessment at service level really makes you think about your plan, and how will you achieve that…it gives you the opportunity to look at specific parts of your service-delivery and each of the [UNCRC] Articles that pertain to that and look at problem solving.”Kerry Watson, Service Manager at Cyrenians, CashBack for Communities Partner
In the autumn of 2021, CashBack For Communities surveyed over 850 young people from 22 CashBack partner organisations. They spoke about:
- disability & mental health
- their aspirations & their skills
- their difficulties with education
- what CashBack has meant to them
Feedback from young people has shown the importance and value they have found in the CashBack programmes.
Inspiring Scotland would like to thank all of the CashBack for Communities Partners and their wonderful delivery teams. We would like to give our congratulations to all the young people who deserve to be very proud of their hard work and achievements.