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Mental Health and Arts Projects Awarded Funding

Funding for five fabulous projects by young people to support mental health and the arts has been announced by Young Scot.

Thanks to funding from the Young Scot Sandy Watson Memorial Fund, each group will receive £2000 to support their project. The successful groups are:

  • The Happiness Project, run by a group of young people Edinburgh, will see them running performance workshops exploring the benefits and need of physical contact in the digital age.
  • ‘Access 4 Aabudy’ will see Torry Squad in Aberdeen create a sensory garden and run a skate park graffiti project. This group of young people are exploring how to make Torry more accessible to people with disabilities. They are developing a new wildlife space will improve mental wellbeing and disability awareness.
  • HOPE for Autism, in North Lanarkshire, are running a 12-week music, DJ, and video production workshop for a group of young people with autism, aimed at building their skills and confidence in a creative way. HOPE for Autism, in North Lanarkshire, are running a 12-week music, DJ, and video production workshop for a group of young people with autism, aimed at building their skills and confidence in a creative way.
  • East Renfrewshire Young People are running five monthly de-stressing events for young people which provides ways of tackling mental health and stress. The event will involve arts therapy, music therapy, aromatherapy, cake decorating, and mindfulness.
  • Oot, Scoot and Aboot, from West Dunbartonshire, are running a three day and two nights residential, of training workshops and outdoor learning activities to tackle mental health with a group of young people who have faced barriers to inclusion

The Sandy Watson Memorial Fund is in place to support young Scots aged 11 – 26 during the Year of Young People 2018 in memory of the late Sandy Watson OBE, the former CEO of Angus Council and Chair of NHS Tayside, who committed many years of service to the Young Scot Board. Sandy’s belief and commitment to all that young people can achieve in their communities reflects the objectives of this fund, to benefit the development of young people themselves, and of their communities.

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot said: “All of these projects are really exciting, and we’re delighted to give these young people the opportunity to showcase their talents during the Year of Young People 2018. Sandy believed passionately in young people creating lasting and meaningful change in communities across Scotland and all of these projects are a wonderful tribute to his legacy.”