Youth funding is icing on the cake

AN Unprecedented £240,000 has been allocated to Voluntary Youth Work in the Borders.

The award was announced at the group’s AGM at the end of May.

YOB was invited to join the youth Borders AGM and to say it was the liveliest AGM imaginable is an understatement.

Borders Youth Theatre (BYT) got the meeting off to a fun-packed start with an energetic mime workshop demonstrating activities they can offer to youth groups which most people in the room participated in. They played an interesting game of evolution rock paper scissors followed by some acting.

VOMO (A Voice of My Own), who recently did a workshop at the media training day, presented a showcase of short films made with young people and local projects. These young people involved are truly inspirational and the fils are so much fun.

Willy Barr from the Citadel Youth Centre, Leith, challenged us to think about what it is we offer that young people really turn up for and described their inspirational inter-generational projects. He has so much knowledge and experience in youth work and his passion and enthusiasm was incredibly inspiring.

The evening finished with a beatboxing showcase from TRASH Arts with the audience providing Boots and Catz sound effects (and if you wonder what that means do drop them a line!). was a great laugh and everyone was “bootsing” and “catzing” all the way home.

The highlight of the entire AGM, however, had to be the announcement that The Robertson Trust has allocated £240,000 over two years to seven voluntary youth projects across the Scottish Borders.

The Youth Work Futures Project (YWF) has given the Robertson Trust the confidence that youth projects in the Borders can build a sustainable future.  At a time when many voluntary groups are struggling, and funding for youth work is decreasing nationally, this is incredibly exciting news. 

The money matches the Scottish Borders Council commitment of £106,000 for the year ahead to voluntary sector youth work through the Children’s and Young Peoples Planning Partnership. The Rank Foundation and Children in Need have also allocated tens of thousands of pounds to member groups as a result of being able to see a more confident future.

The success of the Youth Work Futures project has been determined by many factors, including strong support from key staff at SBC and many trustees, staff and volunteers of existing groups, who gave their time regularly to plan a new way forward.

All the groups who attended the AGM are open for working in partnership with your youth group and can be contacted using the details below.

BYT (David or Oli Bisset) www.bordersyouththeatre.co.uk, email: info@bordersyouththeatre.co.uk, or call 07896 620404.

VOMO (Robert Sproul-Cran) Email: Robert.Sproul-Cran@scotborders.gov.uk or call 07767 702183.

TRASH Arts (Bill Muir) – bill@trasharts.org