TWO local projects have been given a funding boost thanks to the council’s Glenrothes area budget and the Local Community Safety Fund. Councillors agreed to contribute over £38,000 to two youth projects at their latest meeting (Wednesday).
The Magnus Drive project is an ambitious community-led initiative that has recently transformed a piece of waste ground into an amenities area for the residents of Glenrothes North. The latest phase of the project, which was granted £20,000 of funding by Glenrothes Area Committee, is to install a skate bowl and erect lighting across the whole area.
‘YCreate?!’ is a new two year programme for young people in Glenrothes. It will build upon the good work already established by a music project at the YMCA-YWCA and deliver a broad-based creative arts programme for local youngsters. Funding of £18,787 was agreed by the Area Committee and will complement the substantial award of almost £30,000 already provided by Creative Scotland.
Councillor Fiona Grant, Chair of the Glenrothes Area Committee said: “These projects are already well established in the local community and achieving positive results.
“The Magnus Drive project has already completed work on a teenage shelter, junior and toddler play areas, multi-use pitch, bike ramp and a wildlife garden. Funding towards lighting and a skate bowl will help complete the project’s outstanding planned improvements. The benefits of this great initiative are already speaking for themselves in that the site has already contributed towards less vandalism and anti-social behaviour in the area.
“The funding towards ‘YCreate?!’ will offer young people the chance to try a range of creative arts opportunities including tuition for music, art, dance and film workshops. The ambitious programme will also explore the possibility of creative apprenticeships and make links with the Arts & Theatres Trust Fife to offer job shadowing, visits to professional performances and access to a wider range of workshops.
“I am pleased that the Glenrothes Area Committee has recognised the significance of these innovative projects and look forward to seeing local youngsters both enjoy and benefit from them.”