Burnfoot benefits from criminal cash

BURNFOOT Youth Club has been awarded over £7,000 as one of the organisations chosen to benefit from cash seized from criminals.

It was announced this week that the local group is one of only three in the Borders – and amongst 641 across the country – due to receive cash allocated to youth work projects through the CashBack for Communities Youth Work Fund.

The Burnfoot Community-School based club is due to be boosted by £7,783 in this latest allocation of grant funding, and local councillor Stuart Marshall says he is thrilled it has been selected.

He told the Hawick News: “This really is fantastic news for the youth club, and because of this announcement many youngsters in this part of my ward will benefit greatly from it.”

He added: “It’s great to see this kind of cash being put to such good causes.”

Cabinet secretary for justice, Kenny MacAskill stated: “CashBack is making a real difference in the lives of young people across the country and I am delighted to announce the latest tranche of over £1.33million for the Youth Work Fund – which means that over £6.5million has now been awarded for projects which are helping our youngsters to make positive choices and realise their full potential.

“Since 2007, we have invested over £44million of criminals’ seized cash into our communities through sporting, cultural, community, youth and third sector organisations.”

The CashBack for Communities Youth Work Fund is administrated and delivered by YouthLink Scotland, the national agency for youth work.