The announcement last week that Cashback for Creativity funding is to be increased by £3m is good news for young LGBTI people across Scotland.
The fund, which draws on the confiscated proceeds of crime to fund support for young people to engage with the arts, has provide a major source of support for Stirling-based youth LGBT organisation Triangle, enabling it to hold regular social and support meetings. It has also funded filmmaking classes with Screen Education Edinburgh for other LGBT youth groups, making it possible for them to make their own short films. Screen Education Edinburgh has a strong reputation for helping young people escape poverty, and some have gone on to careers in film and television.
“Providing opportunities for young people to get involved in the arts, theatre and cultural activities can help improve confidence and broaden their horizons,” said Creative Scotland’s Arts and Engagement director, Leonie Bell.