Future bright for project?

Charlotte Hollan (17) makes some of the jewellery at the Beadazzling shop. Photo: Jon Savage
Charlotte Hollan (17) makes some of the jewellery at the Beadazzling shop. Photo: Jon Savage

Is the sparkle soon to fade on the innovative Midlothian project to get young people involved in volunteering and to prepare them for work?

Funding comes to an end soon on Volunteer Midlothian’s Beadazzling Get Ready for Retail initiative.

For more than a year, a team of youngsters have been gaining retail and craft skills ahead of opening a pop-up jewellery shop in Eskdaill Court, Dalkeith.

The project secured £45,000 from the People’s Millions to allow theproject to run for a year.

Youth Development Coordinator Lorraine McAuley told the Advertiser that the project had exceeded expectations.

“In terms of meeting our objectives - they were for young people to feel more employable, to have the skills and confidence and for young people to be more ready to apply for jobs in retail and feel more connected with the local community - they are all on target to meet those,” she said.

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