Cash boost for Portree youth group

A Portree-based youth group has received a £2,000 cash boost from Foundation Scotland.
Skye Youth Drop In was founded in 2013 to provide a safe, positive and vibrant place for young people to socialise, learn and grow.

Established with support from Young Start Big Lottery funding, the centre is run by volunteers
and is open seven days a week, 10am to 10pm, for children aged eight to 18.

Project co-ordinator Lesley Hellon said: “We’re delighted that we have managed to secure funding, from Foundation Scotland. This will enable us to deliver this valuable and important service to local young people in Skye This welcome boost will go to help towards the annual running costs, securing the Skye Youth Drop in for another year.”

Foundation Scotland raises money for other not-for-profit organisations, annually awarding an average of £4 million to charities and community groups in Scotland.

Giles Ruck, Foundation Scotland chief executive,  said: “In Scotland 91 per cent of income raised in the voluntary sector goes to just five per cent of registered charities. We are aiming to redress this, by awarding grants to Scotland’s smaller charities and community groups.

“Understandably, people tend to support the higher-profile charities, but there are so many good local initiatives like Skye Youth Drop In. Their work is invaluable, so we strive to support as many of these projects as we can.”