Grants for youth projects

In 2012 the South of Scotland Youth Awards Trust is proposing to give financial assistance to young people in Dumfries & Galloway to assist them to join projects worldwide, in countries including Canada, Cuba, Honduras, Ecuador, Guyana, Zambia, Kenya, and Finland.

Twenty-nine awards amounting to £10,000 are to be made. Trust Chairman Lt.Col. Colin Hogg, Mounthooly, Jedburgh, says “All the young people are really deserving of our support - many are going to assist communities in developing countries such as Becky Little, Langholm, who plans to work in Kenya to help provide clean water for a village community, and Hayley Tutley, Melrose, who travels to Guyana to teach for a year in a primary school. Rebekah Purvis, Rachel Gaylor and Jolene McGuigan, Hawick, are joining a biodiversity survey expedition to the cloud forests in Honduras, while the Borders Exploration Group are planning a three-week expedition to Cuba. These are just some, and there are many other thoroughly worthwhile projects.”

The South of Scotland Youth Awards Trust provides financial assistance to young people between the ages of 17 and 25, priority being given to pupils or former pupils of schools in the Scottish Borders or Dumfries & Galloway. The aim is to assist them to take part in projects in their gap year or during vacations, designed to broaden their experience, develop confidence, and further their careers. Grants up to a maximum of £500 are made annually. No further grants are available for 2012. For information about awards in 2013 visit www.ssyat.org