MSP supports local youth project

The funding of a Forfar youth project will be raised in the Scottish Parliament this week by local MSP Nigel Don.

On Thursday the member for Angus North and Mearns will ask Government Ministers what advice they can offer to Pitstop, a youth employment, training and social organisation based in Academy Street.

“Pitstop is an organisation which helps young people find a positive way forward and make the best of their potential,” said Mr Don.

“They made a very ambitious application for £63,000 to the Enterprise Growth Fund to finance an upgrade of their premises, a new juice bar and a member of staff. They want to be able to generate some of their own funds by letting out their premises and running their alcohol free bar.

“Unfortunately they were unsuccessful, but they are determined to find other ways of achieving the same result.

“They do very important work with young people which will help them get ready for employment, meet others and take part in a whole range of social and educational activities.

“It can be hard to navigate your way through all the different government and charitable funding schemes which exist, and I am hoping Government Ministers will be able to point Pitstop in the right direction.

“Specifically, is there a way of putting more resources into this particular fund, and also of guiding organisations such as Pitstop through the maze of funding opportunities which exist?

“The Scottish government is determined to give young people the best possible chance of finding worthwhile and fulfilling work through apprenticeships, training places and education.

“We need projects like Pitstop, and I wish them success in raising the money and finding the practical help they need to bring their vision to life.”