The Scottish Government has today announced that more than £2 million is to be invested to create life-changing opportunities for vulnerable young people.

The CashBack for Communities funding will be invested by national youth work agency, YouthLink Scotland, over the next three years in projects that will empower and guide Scotland’s young people towards a more positive future.

It is estimated that around 25,000 young people will be able to access new opportunities in each of the three years as a result of the new funding. This will continue the support of the youth work that has already provided 330,000 opportunities for young people and created a 73,000-strong army of volunteers and workers.

The recently published National Youth Work Strategy is created in partnership with YouthLink Scotland and Education Scotland.

In welcoming this funding Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson MSP said:
“Youth work is a hugely effective force for good for hundreds of thousands of people and the perfect way to reinvest the CashBack for Communities funding. This money will help offer activities, skills and training opportunities in Falkirk district and throughout Scotland and, most importantly, a place to turn for many young people facing difficulties or at a crossroads in their lives.”