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YDance (Scottish Youth Dance)

2020 - 2023 Grant Offer


2020 - 2023 Young People Target


Project name: CashBack for Change      

Age range: 11 – 21 years

Number of Young People Project expects to work with: 1,004

CashBack for Change uses dance and drama to engage and positively influence those most at risk of displaying anti-social behaviours and/or entering the criminal justice system. In partnership with theatre company Glass Performance, YDance will deliver a 3-strand programme which will benefit young people aged 11-21.

  • At HMYOI Polmont, YDance and Glass Performance will run weekly dance and drama sessions in partnership with Barnardo’s and the Scottish Prison Service. YDance will deliver Award in Dance Leadership courses (SCQF Level 4), and establish a weekly youth dance company alongside the existing Polmont Youth Theatre run by Glass Performance. Participants will learn theatre and dance techniques, improve their physical fitness and learn to work together and can gain SQA Personal Achievement Awards and participate in annual performances.
  • The Alternative Education/outreach programme will work with young people who are not engaging in mainstream education. Dance and Drama Artists will deliver weekly sessions that will allow the young people to express themselves in a safe environment, and to work towards SQA Personal Achievement Awards (at SCQF Level 2).
  • The Community programme weekly dance sessions will provide diversionary activity for young people in 9 communities in Scotland. Cashback for Change will engage young people in fun, inspiring dance sessions to increase their confidence and self-belief and develop communication, teamworking and commitment ability. Holiday time qualification programmes will support 30 participants to attain Awards in Dance Leadership, and 60 Arts Awards. Local performances and celebration events will engage families and the wider community.


Areas where project will be delivered:

Falkirk: Redding, Muirhead and Overton

Renfrewshire: Paisley North

Angus: Lunan

North Ayrshire: Stevenston North West

East Ayrshire: Bonnyton and Town Centre

Angus: Arbroath Harbour

Dundee: Logie and Blackness

Stirling: Broomridge

East Dunbartonshire: Bishopbriggs West and Cadder


Children’s Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment

Please find a link here to YDance’s Children’s Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment (CRWIA) in respect of this CashBack for Communities project.