Grant provides Midlothian youth group a helping hand

Pictured are local youngsters with Neil Philp (Ross and Liddell) and youth workers Lyndsey Ritchie and Nicola Bailey
Pictured are local youngsters with Neil Philp (Ross and Liddell) and youth workers Lyndsey Ritchie and Nicola Bailey

An anti-social behaviour initiative which has provided help and advice to young people in Midlothian has received funding support.

Mayfield and Easthouses Youth 2000 is a recipient of the Ross and Liddell community bursary scheme, which provides support to organisations all over Scotland.

The funding received by the property management and maintenance firm will be used to purchase tablets which youngsters can use for job searches and CV building.

Y2K project leader Lyndsey Ritchie said: “We’re based in an area where there is a high level of social deprivation and poor school attainment and young people often don’t have an outlet. We challenge risk taking and challenging behaviour and we’re there to support young people in moving forward with their lives, particularly in the transition from secondary school into higher education or the workplace.

“Our main aim is to encourage young people to live healthy, safe and happy lives. We want them to have their say on the issues affecting them, which helps them feel empowered within their own communities.

“The funding received from Ross and Liddell will give the young people the chance to look for courses and employment, which is a vital part of this project. We would like to thank Ross and Liddell for its support.”

Irene Devenny, managing director of Ross and Liddell, said: “It’s so important that programmes like Mayfield and Easthouses Youth 2000 have access to funding sources to ensure that young people are supported and encouraged through all of the issues that affect them.

“We are thrilled to offer our support and know that the funding will be put to good use.”