Moray youth group banking on public support in grant bid

Elgin Youth Development Group
Elgin Youth Development Group – seeking to pick up a RBS Skills and Opportunities grant.

A CHARITY THAT has provided award-winning services for youth development in Moray is hoping to net a much needed cash bonus – with a little help from the public.

Elgin Youth Development Group (EYDG) has been shortlisted for the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Skills and Opportunities Fund – using a participatory funding method that allows the public to vote for the group they believe should receive funding.

EYDG are competing with ten other groups in Scotland – so need assistance from those in Moray who are well aware of the value the charity has provided for youths in the region.

The EYDG run a wide range of projects and activities including their drop-in Youth Café, after school clubs, holiday and evening activities for young people and their recently launched community kitchen and meeting hub.

Should they receive funding from the RBS fund it will be used to create four six-month supported and paid-for work placements within their venue hire and catering social enterprise for local people aged 16 or over.

They will also go through a programme of 24 training and qualification courses including REHIS (The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland) Elementary Food Hygiene, child protection, first aid and modules designed to improve key life skills including finances, administration and time management.

In just two clicks the Moray public can vote for EYDG and help them achieve another major aim by visiting the RBS Skills and Opportunity Fund voting page.