£20,000 boost for children’s group

The MCCI group celebrate the news of their funding
The MCCI group celebrate the news of their funding

A local children’s group is celebrating once again after they were selected to receive funding worth nearly £20,000.

Methilhill Community Children’s Initiative (MCCI) has been awarded £19,797 from the Young Start programme, a grants programme run by the Big Lottery Fund to distribute money from dormant accounts.

The funding has been allocated to the group, which formed only last year, for use over a two year period.

The money has been warmly welcomed by the committee and children alike, and will be used to support a variety of projects which are run under the MCCI umbrella.

The group is planning to use the funds to support both the Levenmouth Young People’s Press (LYPP) and the Outdoor Youth Club.

The LYPP, which was set up for children aged 10-14, gives young people the opportunity to run their own magazine and they are currently working on issue five.

Five members of the group have also completed Dynamic Youth Awards for their work with the group and the funding will allow them to continue developing their magaine, highlighting local events and information for young people and the wider community.

The Outdoor Youth club was piloted over the winter months thanks to funding from the Fife Health and Wellbeing Alliance.

It aims to get children outside and active, and the group undertakes a number of outings in the local area.

And this summer, the OYC hopes to make the new MCCI community garden in Methilhill their new permanent base.

The community garden was announced earlier this year, and the group has plans to turn the piece of waste ground near to Methilhill Primary School into a learning space, with a community cafe and growing area which the whole community can get involved with.

Shirley Faichney, one of the founders of MCCI, said: “We’ve been extremely lucky and its wonderful that funders have the belief in our group to invest their funds in our young people.

“We’re absolutely delighted to have received the funding and very grateful for the support given to the group,and our local young people.”

The group were congratulated by local MP Lindsay Roy, who added: “I congratulate the Methilhill Community Children’s Initiative on their successful application and would encourage other organisations to consider doing likewise.”

The Young Start programme aims to create opportunities for children and young people aged between eight and 24 to help realise their potential.

Organisations can apply for a total grant of between £10,000 and £50,000 for up to two years funding.