Big Lottery grants for local projects

AN ARBROATH based street dance group are set to benefit from almost £50,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.

Showcase the Street are to use the £49,730 to recruit a dance tutor who will deliver the RISE street dance syllabus.

This is a programme designed by the United Dance Organisation and allows young people to learn and gain accreditation.

It will also work with 450 teenager aged 14 to 17 who will have the opportunity to develop and eventually become dance tutors in their own right.

Fergus Storrier, chair of Showcase the Street said: “This is great news fro Showcase, the young people who come to our projects and the wider community.

“Street dance is very popular at present and this combined with a recognised course will enhance what we can offer hundreds of young people.

“The RISE programme designed by United Dance Organisation is a great idea and the post will allow us to deliver this in a way that includes young people from all backgrounds.”

Another organisation set to benefit is the Angus Drugs Initiative Group who will receive £39,088 towards their Pitstop Youth Project.

Many of the young people who are aged 16 to 24 are ready for work but are unable to find employment.

The project helps to keep them motivated through employment advice, support and hands-on work experience, as well as training and volunteering opportunities.

Sylvia Breen, Pitstop development worker said: “This award will allow us to continue with a valuable project that will support young people living Angus wide, who are not in employment, training or education.

“Through the Young Start fund we will be in a position to offer young people work experience placements, as well as personal development and employability programmes.

“It will help young people become more resilient while maintaining their motivation, particularly in this current climate where youth unemployment is so high.”