Since the SNP Government established CashBack for Communities in 2008, projects across North Ayrshire for young people have been supported by over £2.5 million through the programme.
CashBack for Communities takes funds recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and invests them into community programmes, facilities and activities largely, but not exclusively, for young people at risk of turning to crime and anti-social behaviour as a way of life.
In 2018/19 alone, there were 1,886 activities for young people provided by the projects in North Ayrshire with £265,749 of funding.
The 2019/20 allocation will share £19 million across Scotland seized from criminals.
A total of 24 organisations have been awarded funding, taking the total investment in the unique programme to more than £110 million across Scotland since it was introduced.
North Ayrshire youngsters have benefitted from Cashback-funded sports projects through Basketball Scotland, the Scottish Football Association, Scottish Rugby, Scottish Sports Futures. YouthLink Scotland and Youth Scotland provided other programmes assisted by this funding.
Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf MSP said:
“CashBack is a unique and potentially life-transforming programme that helps expand young people’s horizons and supports them to realise their ambitions and reach their full potential.
“This phase has a particular focus on projects that support young people and communities most affected by crime. We are working hard to tackle the root causes of crime and disorder through early intervention and to ensure those affected have the support in place to steer them away from criminal or antisocial behaviour.
“Since the programme began in 2008 we have delivered over 2.5 million activities and opportunities for young people across Scotland and I am delighted that many more young people will be supported and inspired over the next three years.”
Kenneth Gibson MSP commented:
“CashBack for Communities continues to add significant value to the lives of disadvantaged young people across North Ayrshire and, given the past years of funding, I believe 2019/20 will deliver another £250,000 or so.
“So far, partners in North Ayrshire have included a broad spectrum from YouthLink Scotland and the Scottish Football Assocition and Creative Scotland and the National Autistic Society, so there is something for everyone.
“The programme is changing lives and I am delighted to see it continue.”
More information is available on the CashBack for Communities website.