£10,000 grant supports Angus group's activities

Angus Council’s Horizon Team has won a £10,000 grant from the National Lottery Community Fund to fund additional activities for care experienced young people accessing its service.

Thursday, 7th September 2023, 3:29pm
£10,000 grant supports Angus group's activities

The team supports young people by running a variety of activities including football groups, supporting mother and baby groups and tea-time clubs and the funding will help them to build on the success of their current activities, offering opportunities to visit different places and try new outdoor experiences across the country.

The group have recently returned from climbing Mount Keen and were able to hire and buy equipment using the funding, as well as hire Mountain Leader Paul Fillingham from Escapade Mountaineering to make sure they stayed safe.

The funding also helped pay for the cost of hiring a football pitch, meaning the local Horizon football team which includes young people who are care leavers, involved through youth justice and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, can continue to meet up to play, make friends and improve their mental health and fitness.

Councillor Lynne Devine, Angus Council’s children and learning convener, said: “I’m thrilled the team have received this funding and have already started to make good use of it.

“To experience something like climbing Mount Keen, taking part in activities they are unlikely to get the opportunity to, continuing their football training give our care experienced young people the chance to build their confidence, develop teamwork skills while staying physically active.”

Tom Adamson, from the team, said: “We're very grateful for this grant award. It has and will continue to open up opportunities for the young people we work with through the summer and the rest of the year!"

National Lottery Community Fund Scotland chairperson Kate Still added: “Funding can make amazing things happen in local communities. This project delivered by Angus Council, is a great example of community activity in action, showing just what can be achieved when people come together for a common cause or to help others.”

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