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Published 21 February 2020

Community groups in West Dunbartonshire are sharing £500,000 to improve the lives of local young people.

As a legacy of the Year of Young People, West Dunbartonshire Council committed half a million pounds of funding to support groups and activities for young adults in the area.

Since its launch last year, 43 groups across Balloch, Alexandria, Dumbarton and Clydebank have benefited from the investment including Brownie, Guide and Scouts, youth groups, sports clubs and organisations which support young people with additional support needs.

The funding is being used to support a range of activities, events and volunteering opportunities as well as to pay for specialist equipment and make facilities more accessible.

Advertised through the community, up to £10,000 was available to not-for-profit, established groups providing activities or services to young people aged from birth to 26 years of age.

Support was offered to groups to apply with each application assessed and scored by an independent panel including a member of the Youth Parliament and education, finance and Involvement and Engagement Officers

Councillor Ian Dickson, Convener of Corporate Services, said: “This investment is creating a lasting legacy in our communities and improving the lives of local young people by offering experiences, encouraging involvement in sport or enhancing accessibility. As a Council we want to ensure that our young people have access to as many opportunities as possible so that they fully realise their potential and we value the impact that our community groups are having in helping to achieve this.

Councillor Iain McLaren,  Vice Convener of Corporate Services, added: “The funding has been awarded across the length and breadth of our area to a wide variety of groups, ensuring as many young people as possible will benefit. Some of the grants are being used for one off activities while others will fund projects over the next couple of years. I’m looking forward to seeing the results and hearing about the impact these grants have had in future.”