Scheme delivers £3000 boost

The Pitstop provides out-of-school activities and workshops.
The Pitstop provides out-of-school activities and workshops.

A Forfar youth group is reaping the benefits of a scheme which confiscates the proceeds of crime.

The Pitstop Youth Cafe on Academy Street has been awarded £3,094 by YouthLink Scotland under the CashBack for Communities scheme to help deliver out-of-school activities to local young people.

Started seven years ago to plough the seized funds back into worthy projects, the scheme’s Youth Work Fund is administrated and delivered by YouthLink Scotland, on behalf of Scottish Government.

The Pitstop Youth Café provides a safe environment where young people can meet and take part in a range of activities as well as running workshops supporting young adults age 16-19 with training, skills and personal development.

Sylvia Breen, the project’s development worker, welcomed the funding which will go to furthering the Pitstop’s overall aims.

She said: “This fund will support a vital evening youth drop in service where young people can meet with their friends in a safe and friendly environment while gaining support and advice when required.

“Young people will have the opportunity to get involved in range of themed workshops and activities that are relevant to them aiding their learning and personal development.”

Michael Matheson, Justice Secretary, also said that the fund represents an investment in Scotland’s young people which he pointed out is money well spent.

He added: “This government is committed to ensuring all young people in the local area reach their full potential.

The vast majority of them are a credit to society but we want to prevent the small minority getting involved in crime or antisocial behaviour in the first place.”