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Christmas Busk raises cash for vulnerable children

Published: 16 Dec 2015 09:30
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Law and order

Government funded youth projects take centre stage in Glasgow

Justice Secretary Michael Matheson has helped the CashBack for Communities Program end the year on a high note by officially opening the Christmas CashBack Busk.

The event brings together young volunteers and musicians who have benefitted from the CashBack program and have decided to put their skills to good use by busking in Glasgow Central Station to raise money for the charity Cash for Kids.

They will also be joined by some familiar faces from the Scottish music scene in their bid to raise money for vulnerable children.

Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said:

"The CashBack programme is all about seizing money from criminals to invest into facilities and activities which benefit local communities throughout Scotland and offer real alternatives to crime and anti-social behaviour.

"It is fantastic to see the young people involved in today's event also give something back to communities throughout Scotland. They are volunteering their time and their talents, using skills they have learnt through the CashBack program, to raise money for vulnerable children.

"As a Government we are committed to tackling inequality and one of the ways we are doing this is through CashBack which offers every young person, regardless of their background, the opportunity to be all they can be.

"Since 2008/09 the CashBack Youth Work Fund has invested over £10m to more than 1500 organisations who work with young people and we know that in that time the program has helped 280,000 youngsters in one way or another. But as this visit goes to show that may only be the tip of the iceberg, there is no way of knowing how many more lives these young people may go on to affect.

"We want all of Scotland's young people to be confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens and I believe that today's event shows that we have already made great progress in making this vision a reality."

Notes to editors

For more information on CashBack for Communities, visit:
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Justice/policies/community-engagement/cashback

For more information on YouthLink Scotland and the Youth Work Fund, visit:
http://www.youthlinkscotland.org/index.asp?MainID=11887