Crime does pay – for helping youth groups

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YOUTH groups across the Levenmouth area are being able to provide a high level of services and activities thanks to a stream of regular funding.

Since the turn of the year, the Scottish Government’s Youthlink CashBack for Communities Fund has awarded various grants to projects aimed at people aged between 12-18.

The cash, coming from money and goods seized from organised crime under the Scottish Government’s Proceeds of Crime initiative, goes towards youth organisations to help pay for resources, outdoor activities, arts materials and residential excursions outwith the Levenmouth area.

Among the projects to have been funded are the Youth at Kennoway group which was given over £17,000 to help fund summer activities and to also help run a café style drop-in with access to pool table, HUB nurse and a range of activities including cooking and arts.

The group is currently re-designing the café which will result in a major makeover by the end of the year.

Another scheme, the Windygates Youth Project, was given almost £10,000 to support summer excursions.

Levenmouth community education worker, Vicky Wilson, who is based at Kennoway’s Sandy Brae Centre, told the Mail: “This funding allows local young people to experience new opportunities in a range of areas allowing them to take part in positive activities, engage with others and understand that there are alternative activities that can interest a wide range of young people’s interests.”

The Levenmouth Youth Strategy group was also awarded £16,277 support activities, this saw a two week programme in October delivered from the Savoy Pavillion and included excursion to ice rink, bowling and swimming for over 60 young people.

The Kennoway group meets every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evening at the community centre in Cotlands Park between 7-9pm. Monday evenings are specifically for youngsters aged 9-12 years and that group meets from 6-7.30pm

The Windygates group meets at the former Gorgeous shop in the area every Wednesday and Thursday evening from 7-9pm.

Monday evenings from 6.30-8.30pm is for the P6 and P7 age group.

Other groups include the Broom Drop-in, held on a Tuesday and Wednesday evening from 6.30-9pm in the flat above the Balmaise centre.

The Centre, Leven has a senior youth club every Sunday from 6.30-9.30pm.