Orkney Islands Council
Working together for a better Orkney
Orkney bids sought for CashBack projects
13 January 2012

An innovative scheme that uses money recovered from criminals to help finance projects for young people is looking for applications for funding from Orkney.

CashBack for Communities supports a range of activities that increase opportunities for young people to develop their interests and skills in an enjoyable, fulfilling and supported way.

It offers awards to youth work groups to provide diversionary events and activities for young people aged from 10 to 19 who could be at risk of becoming involved in anti social behaviour.

Just over £3000 is currently available for projects in Orkney – with applications required by February 3, 2012. The projects would need to be completed by May 31, 2012.

"Orkney is one of just two areas of Scotland where funding is on offer at the moment and I would encourage local groups to make applications for suitable projects as soon as possible,” said Bill Innes, a community learning officer with Orkney Islands Council and a local assessor for the scheme.

“In the past funding from CashBack for Communities has helped support projects in a number of local communities, including Hoy, Eday and Sanday – everything from a youth café to an after-school activity programme.”

Applicants must be able to demonstrate a youth work approach to their project and provide evidence that young people are involved in the design and delivery of the project.

For further information and an application form contact Bill Innes at Orkney Islands Council – phone 01856 873535 or email bill.innes@orkney.gov.uk

* Backed by the Scottish Government, CashBack for Communities involves partnerships with a range of sports, arts and youth organisations across Scotland.