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Ten projects giving young Scots the skills and confidence to take greater control of their futures are today (MARCH 14) sharing in £412,127 from the Young Start programme.

Run by the Big Lottery Fund Scotland, Young Start awards money from dormant bank and building society accounts to support a range of projects that help young people aged eight to 24 years old reach their full potential. These latest awards will allow young people across Scotland to access a wide range of new opportunities.

Glasgow based charity Nordoff Robbins is Scotland’s only music therapy centre and supports people from all walks of life, facing challenging circumstances, using music therapy. An award of £22,286 means they will be able to support 25 young people with life-limiting illnesses aged 18 to 25, who have been referred to them from the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland, over two years.

Jo Edgar, Project Leader & Music Therapist, Nordoff Robbins, said, “This grant will make a big difference to young people who are living with serious life-limiting illness by giving them the chance to develop their music composition, recording and production skills using our recording studio in Glasgow.

“Isolation is often a problem for these young people, especially as they move on from children’s into adult services. This project, Moving on With Music, will give them a unique opportunity to collaborate creatively with their peers and build up their confidence and independence. The project is innovative and, as far as we are aware, the only one of its kind in Scotland.”

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