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Young Start
Release date:
23 8 2017

Scotland’s next generation of actors, artists and film directors could hail from Airdrie thanks to £48,560 of Young Start funding awarded today (WED 23 AUGUST) to benefit children and young people in the area.

Make and Create Arts, based in Airdrie, is one of three groups sharing in £128,330 of funding from the Big Lottery Fund’s Young Start programme, thanks to dormant bank and buildings account money. See details of all grants below.

Their two year funding award will allow them to run filming and photography, drawing and youth theatre classes, which will help young people to take their first steps towards a career in the arts.

Welcoming their award, John Crossan, Arts Drama Tutor at Make and Create Arts, said: “This grant will make a big difference by allowing us to offer advanced progression for the children. Being able to offer the new classes for older children and teens will allow the kids to continue learning and to learn key qualities such as teamwork and leadership skills, which is something I believe is an integral part of growing up.

“It can sometimes be hard for kids to express themselves, and thanks to the grant we can now provide classes creating a platform to allow the children to do so. This confidence will carry on in to other aspects of life and allow the kids to chase their goals with full drive."

Cara Jane Kerr, 12, who has been attending classes for over a year and became a Make and Create Arts young leader in April, said: "I love the classes and I enjoy leading a group of the younger children and teaching them choreography, because I can help the children express their creativity while having fun myself. I can’t wait to get involved with the new youth theatre because it means more people my age will be able to come along."

Maureen McGinn, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, said: “Young Start helps Scotland’s next generation unlock their talents through a wide variety of activities which develop their confidence so they can enjoy positive and healthy lives.

“I am delighted that children and young people living in Airdrie will benefit from Young Start funding. Make and Create Arts will deliver art classes and workshops to give local young people the skills they will need for future employment in television, radio and the arts.”

Other groups receiving funding today are:
Pennypit Community Development Trust, East Lothian
Award: £30,000
This group will give young people the opportunity to volunteer at community clubs in sport-specific roles such as coaching, to non-sports roles including catering, marketing and social media. These activities will help boost young people's self-confidence and self-esteem.

The Happy Club, Glasgow
Award: £49,770
This group will use the funding to devise a programme of sports, healthy eating, cooking and personal care activities that will benefit 150 young people with disabilities and/or autism.

For more information about Young Start visit the website at:-

Big Lottery Fund Press Office: 0141 242 1524
Email:      scott.oakley@biglotteryfund.org.uk
Website:   www.biglotteryfund.org.uk
Twitter:   @BIGScotland #BigScotland
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BigLotteryFundScotland

Notes to Editors

  • Dormant accounts are defined in the Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Act 2008 as those which have seen no customer-initiated activity for at least 15 years.
  • In September 2011 the Scottish Government formally issued instructions to the Big Lottery Fund to distribute dormant accounts funding for the benefit of Scotland’s voluntary and community sector.
  • The Reclaim Fund Ltd. (RFL), which was established in March 2011 to receive and invest dormant account balances across the UK, transferred the first tranche of monies from dormant bank and building society accounts to BIG on 2 August 2011. Scotland will receive an 8.4% share of the total funds to be distributed.
  • The Distribution of Dormant Account Money (Apportionment) Order 2011 prescribes that Scotland will receive 8.4% of the dormant accounts money to be made available for distribution by the Big Lottery Fund under the 2008 Act. The estimated grants budget for 2014/15 is £4.8m. It should be noted that this figure is a median projection and may go up or down.

About the Big Lottery Fund

  • The Big Lottery Fund supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities across the UK. We are responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery and invest over £650 million a year in projects big and small in health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
  • Since June 2004 we have awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people. Every year we fund 13,000 small local projects tackling big social problems like poor mental health and homelessness.
  • Since the National Lottery began in 1994, £34 billion has been raised and more than 450,000 grants awarded.