Youthbank UK (now Youthbank Scotland) granted the Youth Issues Unit (now CLD) as licence to operate as Dumfries & Galloway Youthbank in June 2006. Since then, the Youth Issues Unit and young people from the Dumfries and Galloway Youthbank have promoted Youthbank to a range of youth groups, agencies and organisations, as well as supporting groups to make applications.
Good News for Youth Groups & Projects across Dumfries & Galloway
In January 2013, Dumfries & Galloway Youthbank received a huge cash boost from the Holywood Trust. Youthbank, was awarded £30,000 over the next 2 years to help organise a training and team-building residential for the young assessors, promotion of Youthbank and, most importantly, to provide funding for deserving youth groups across the region.
The young people have just received their new Youthbank applications and criteria leaflets and Dumfries & Galloway's Youthbank wants to make sure that as many young people as possible can benefit from this funding so if you are involved in a youth group and have a good idea to help improve your group or would like some funds to help towards setting up a youth group in your area, please contact Tracey Wood, Youthbank Co-ordinator on 01461 207044 (ext 67320) or e-mail Tracey.Wood@dumgal.gov.uk
One of the young people commented "We are really pleased that the Holywood Trust have again agreed to support our Youthbank. This funding will help us to continue to make a difference to a whole range of youth projects across Dumfries & Galloway and also help us recruit more new young people to be trained as assessors - we are really very pleased to receive this funding and the continued support from The Holywood Trust, all we need now are loads of youth projects to apply to us for funding."
Local groups complete a simple application form - young people must be fully involved in the development of the project including the application.
Receipt of the form in the Youth Co-ordinator office is acknowledged as soon as it arrives. A copy is then sent to the appropriate local worker who discusses it with young Youthbank assessors. A 'site visit' is then arranged where the assessors meet with the applicant group. This is used to find out more about the project and ask questions/raise issues around the application. A recommendation is then made that is discussed with a larger group of young people.
The final decision is made and the group informed. A number of options are open to the assessors - support the application in total, make a partial award, turn down the application and, in a small minority of cases, award more than has been requested. Conditions can also be attached to any grant given. The maximum award at present is £750.
The above process usually takes no longer than eight weeks. A follow up report asking for an update on the impact of the funding, the actual numbers benefiting and the experience of the process is requested six months after the award is made and, in the majority of cases, another site visit takes place at that time.
Youthbank assessors want to make Youthbank more Youth Led, so have decided to open their own D & G Youthbank bank account, draft their own constitution, elect a new Youth Committee and publish a Youthbank protocol, procedure and guidance paper.
The new Youthbank Committee were elected at the recent Youthbank AGM in November 2013, and the following young people were elected as office bearers, Chair - Adam Wilson from Annandale & Eskdale, Vice Chair - Caitlin Mc Dowell from Wigtownshire, Secretary - Grant Lewis from Stewartry and Treasurer - John Rodgers from Nithsdale. Committee members are Abi Wood and Scott Muir - Annandale & Eskdale, Amy Donald and Tarah Malcolmson - Nithsdale, Emma McVean, Kirsten Currie , Kelly Whiteside and Stacey Duff from Wigtownshire. The Committee are working on a publicity and promotion Action Plan along with a Youthbank Improvement plan.
In July 2013 the D & G Youthbank members took part in a two day training residential to Wiston Lodge in Biggar. 12 young people attended from all across D & G and took part in their accredited Introduction to Grant Making Training SCQF Level 5 delivered by Youthbank Scotland staff, as well as some team building activities and an outdoor activity delivered by Wiston Lodge staff.
The 12 young people were awarded their IGMT certificates at their AGM on the 28th November by Holywood Trust Assistant Director Helen Turner.