Youth project success

Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Youth Issues Unit recently held a relaunch of its YouthBank project at the Urr Valley Hotel in Castle Douglas to raise awareness of this funding source among youth groups and organisations.

The Willy Wonka-themed event was a huge success, bringing together more than 80 young people, along with support workers from a range of youth groups and organisations. Each young person attending was given a golden ticket with the lucky winner receiving an iPod Shuffle.

Several groups who had previously received funding from Dumfries and Galloway’s YouthBank gave a presentation on how they had benefited from funding, including Langholm’s Excel Project, Dumfries Body Electric Dance and Soul Group and the Galloway Peer Project. Participants were also treated to guest appearances from magician Kevin MacMahon, as well as a solo performance from singer Robert Shields of local group Finding Albert.

Heather McVey, national YouthBank co-ordinator said: “This vibrant YouthBank invests in young people’s ideas, participation and leadership. The event was led by young people and demonstrated their skill and enthusiasm for their community and their YouthBank. They informed event guests about what a YouthBank is how to apply for funds and highlighted the difference previous grants have made on communities across Dumfries and Galloway.”

Andrew Jardine, chairman of YBS and former Dunfries and Galloway YouthBank member, spoke of the support and encouragement he had received which enabled him to actively participate locally and now nationally.

Caitlin McDowell, one of the YouthBank assessors from Stranraer, said: “The relaunch event was really successful and helped raise awareness of our YouthBank across the region. Since the event, more than 10 new applications have been received and we are looking forward to receiving more.”

For more information on Dumfries & Galloway’s YouthBank and how to apply for funding, please contact Tracey Muir, YouthBank co-ordinator, on 07846655900 or e-mail