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OYT receive "CashBack for Communities" Boost!

Written by  Wednesday, 13 May 2015 10:09

Ocean Youth Trust Scotland (OYT Scotland) have successfully managed to secure a £375,000 funding award from the Scottish Government's "CashBack for Communities" scheme, allowing them to impact on the lives of even more young people in Scotland for another two years. 

The "CashBack for Communities" scheme uses seized money from criminals to give back to the community. Justice Secretary Michael Matheson says, "Investing in our young people is always money well spent... the Government is committed to ensuring young people reach their full potential," adding, "Scotland's unique CashBack for Communities programme... Since 2008 [has] committed £75 million community initiatives." 

 

OYT Scotland offers voyages to young people, inviting participants from disadvantaged backgrounds in Scotland to set sail on a 5 day journey, learning and improving key skills like communication and problem-solving whilst gaining accredited qualifications. The Chief Executive of OYT, Nick Fleming, discusses how the trips impact on the young participants, "[These voyages] result in young people often being able to achieve things they never imagined they were capable of and changing their outlook on what the future could hold." 

 

The transformational experience is worthy of the praise and feedback it gets, one young voyager, Jodie, says "After the week on the boat, I feel there's no problem I can't handle." 

 

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