Paisley Youth Groups can Benefit from £5.6 million Cashback

 

A new announcement by the Scottish Government that will see money retrieved from criminals invested in good causes has been welcomed by Paisley’s MSP, George Adam.

The first tranche of £5.6 million seized by the Crown from Abbot Group Limited under the Proceeds of Crime Act will go to a consortium of six national youth organisations led by Youth Scotland.

The funds will bring the total invested in Scotland’s young people through CashBack for Communities to £50 million on the fifth anniversary of the programme’s launch.

Voluntary youth clubs and youth groups with a total membership of over 171 thousand young people across Scotland will benefit from the £1.5 million funding.

George said;

‘The continuation of this scheme is welcome.  Criminal activity and criminals being punished by the removal of their assets which are then reinvested in our communities is one way to make sure that those guilty are punished where it hurts, their pockets, benefitting our local communities.  This is how we challenge these individuals.  I know many organisations that can benefit from this new funding to help local groups throughout Paisley and I will be making sure that they get the information they need to take applications forward.

‘The good work of youth groups throughout Paisley benefits the whole of the town.  Providing mentoring for young people, strengthening families and highlighting social responsibility with young people, showing the benefits of volunteering and being good citizens.  This is a important for all of us and I fully back Kenny MacAskill’s announcement that will help such organisations.’

Mr MacAskill said:

“CashBack is helping more young people than ever before. On the fifth anniversary of the launch of this unique programme, Scotland’s communities are getting a £1.5 million Christmas present.

“The latest £5.6 million seizure will bring the total CashBack funding since 2007 to a massive £50 million. This cash has directly benefited over 600,000 young people and generated over 11,000 volunteers from different backgrounds who are now putting something back into their communities across Scotland

“Youth groups in every local authority area in Scotland have already benefited from cash taken from the Proceeds of Crime. Putting ill-gotten gains to good use supporting our young people will always be money well spent and this further £1.5 million funding is a direct investment to provide a positive future of our young people.”

Carol Downie, Chief Executive of Youth Scotland, said:

“The evaluation of the two years of CashBack Small Grants Scheme indicated a strong impact on over 30,000 young people, youth groups and communities across Scotland. We look forward to developing the project over the next three years and reaching even more young people.”

Background

CashBack for Communities is a Scottish Government programme which takes funds recovered from the proceeds of crime and invests them into free activities and programmes for children and young people aged 10 – 25 years across Scotland. CashBack delivers a wide range of projects through Scotland’s leading sporting, arts, business, community and youth associations which range from diversionary sporting activity to early years, mentoring and community activities as well as long-term intervention projects which aim to turn young people’s lives around and provide them with employment, education, or volunteering opportunities. More information is available at

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/cashback or on twitter – @CashBackScot

The national youth organisations will allocate the £1.5 million to its Small Grant Scheme and the new Young People Taking the Lead initiative. Set up in March 2010, the Small Grants Scheme provides start-up grants of up to £1,000 and programme grants of £2,000 to youth organisations. The Young People Taking the Lead Project aims to develop young people as leaders.

The six partners are large voluntary youth organisations active in almost every local community in mainland Scotland and the Islands with a total membership of over 171,000 young people in over 6,500 groups and units supported by over 26,000 volunteers.

The national organisations are:

* Scout Association

* Girlguiding Scotland

* The Boys’ Brigade

* The Girls’ Brigade

* Clubs for Young People

* Youth Scotland, the network of youth clubs and youth groups.

 Details of the £5.6 million to be seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act are available at:

http://www.copfs.gov.uk/News/Releases/2012/11/Abbot-Group-Limited-pay-%C2%A356-million-after-corruption-report