New Year brings new opportunities for Armadale young people

New Year brings new opportunities for Armadale young people
£49,750 for Armadale Community Education Centre

Fiona Hyslop, MSP for the Linlithgow Constituency, has welcomed a new social enterprise giving Armadale youngsters £49,750 for valuable work experience in developing and delivering a film project.

The Young Start Grant awarded to the Armadale Community Education Centre will allow them to work with over 70 young people who will create their own films and organise a youth film festival in both years.

Fiona commented;
“This is a fantastic initiative that will not only give the young people involved valuable film and production experience, it will also enhance their confidence and life skills, and provide the local community with unique cultural events.
“I am looking forward to seeing the results of their work.”


Young Start is a grants programme run by the Big Lottery Fund to distribute money from dormant accounts. Young Start aims to create opportunities for children and young people aged between 8 and 24 to help realise their potential. Organisations can apply for a total Young Start grant of between £10,000 and £50,000 and for up to two years funding. It can support projects that meet one or more of the following outcomes:
• CONFIDENT Children and young people have more confidence and skills
• HEALTHY Children and young people have better physical, mental and emotional health
• CONNECTED Younger and older generations are better connected and have more understanding and respect for each other
• ENTERPRISING Young people are better prepared for getting a job or starting a business.