Gatehouse youths given cash for London trip

Gatehouse YMCA receive Youthbank funding
Gatehouse YMCA receive Youthbank funding

A Stewartry youth project has been successful in its bid to Dumfries and Galloway’s Youthbank.

Gatehouse of Fleet YMCA applied for £710.74 towards a residential trip to London. The young people were involved in planning and organising the trip and also applying for the funding from Youthbank.

The group have since been on their trip, which took place in the first week of the Easter holidays. They shared some of their experiences, best bits and memories with the Youthbank assessors, as part of the Youthbank funding follow-up and monitoring process. The young people were given the opportunity to experience a big city and make comparisons to their own lives and rural and remote upbringing. They enjoyed experiencing the different cultures London has to offer, as well as the various sights and attractions.

On Friday 27 April the young people held an event for the local community to find out more about their trip. They organised a photo presentation of their experiences and events, personal learning journals were displayed on the wall for people to read. Refreshments were provided and the evening closed with a silent auction.

Dumfries and Galloway’s Youthbank is a pot of money controlled by a group of young people aged 12 – 25. Only groups of young people can apply. The full award amount is currently £750.

For further information on Youthbank or a funding application contact Tracey Muir (Youthbank Co-ordinator), Community Learning & Development on tel. 01461 203 311 (ext 67320) or email