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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Youth groups across Renfrewshire are celebrating a £100,000 cash windfall that will allow them to continue offering vital opportunities to young people in the wake of the pandemic. Arts and culture has been one of the hardest hit sectors throughout the covid crisis, with many groups left struggling to stay afloat while they are unable to fundraise and operate their services. In Renfrewshire, five vital groups have now been handed a welcome lifeline to continue developing projects once the pandemic is over. All of the groups hope to focus on supporting the mental health and wellbeing of young people, which they feel have been “deeply affected” in the past year. Music charity Loud ‘n’ Proud, youth charity Kibble, PACE Theatre Company, Action for Children, and Samba Ya Bamba music group are the organisations that have been awarded a total of £109,000. The cash boost has been awarded to the groups as part of a £4m Scottish Government youth arts funding package delivered by Creative Scotland. A total of 92 organisations across the country were chosen to receive a share of £2.1million through the Scottish Government emergency Youth Arts Fund. Tommy McGrory, of Loud n Proud, feared the impact of the pandemic signalled the end of their charity, which has providing young people throughout Renfrewshire with music opportunities for 20 years. Run by Tommy and his son Jamie, the charity helps youngsters develop life skills while learning to play instruments and works within the community to use music to help support and enhance the lives of people in need. The organisation has been awarded £27,000, which Tommy believes is welcome news after a difficult year. He said: “In amongst what has been going on over the past year, this has been fantastic news. “It has been such a difficult time and there was a point where we thought we would have to stop what we have been doing with Loud n Proud for the past 20 years and never recover. “This inspires us to keep going and will give young people a place- that they can come and they can learn, create and perform and well as helping them build friendships and boost their confidence and self-esteem.” PACE Youth Theatre also hopes to use its share of the funding to help support the mental health and wellbeing of Renfrewshire young people. Its is set to receive £23,880 from the cashpot, which it plans to use to address the social isolation and lack of support faced by many young carers in Renfrewshire on a daily basis, and particularly this past year under Covid-19 restrictions.
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. The project will launch with a series of creative workshops and be followed by a final project that will be documented on film and shared at an event designed by the participants. Young people will be encouraged to lead on the direction of the project, allowing them to develop collaboration and leadership skills. Jenni Mason, artistic director of PACE, said: “We believe these creative opportunities are crucial in addressing the emotional wellbeing and mental health of young people, who have been deeply affected by events of the past year. “By the end of this project, the young people involved will not only have found ways to express and explore what is happening around us, but will have created a legacy resource that can be shared and used to inform others about the challenges and experiences of young carers.” Samba Ya Bamba, a musical group that started in Paisley 20 years ago and has since spread across the west of Scotland, was awarded £30,000, while youth charity Kibble and Action for Children were awarded £14,000 and £15,000 respectively. Action for Children, which is based in Paisley’s Gauze Street, offers support and therapy to families throughout Renfrewshire. The charity will be using its funding to create a podcast for young people in Renfrewshire and beyond. Russell Hamilton, operational director of children’s services at Action for Children, said: “We are very pleased to have secured funding from Creative Scotland to create and produce a podcast for young people. “This project will enable the young people we support locally to be involved in the production and delivery of the podcast, while also getting the opportunity to develop skills in MCing, songwriting, visuals and filmmaking. “This is a structured program, working collaboratively with Up2stndrd in Glasgow, which will give those we work with experience and training in the production of a podcast, as well as other skills in the music and broadcasting industry. “We hope this will then allow the young people to deliver this project independently in the future so others can also benefit from it.” Audrey Baird, executive director at Kibble, added: “We’re extremely grateful to receive this arts funding, which allows us to provide our pupils with a diverse range of musical opportunities. “At Kibble, our pupils have a real aptitude for the arts, often using art, music and dance as an important means of self-expression. “Thanks to funding from Creative Scotland, with the expertise of the tutors, pupils will learn how to play musical instruments, as well as develop skills in songwriting and composing electronic music.”
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