Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur has today expressed relief that the funding crisis facing the Orkney Youth Café has been lifted following a successful application to BBC’s Children in Need.
Mr McArthur has been a vocal supporter of the Youth Café and was involved in discussions earlier this year with BBC Children in Need about how this and other local projects might maximise their chances of successfully applying for support.
Orkney’s MSP has also highlighted in the Scottish Parliament how the Youth Café has been an invaluable resource for young people in Orkney, offering opportunities to socialise, take part in a range of activities and develop skills and self-confidence.
A three year grant of £108,130 from BBC Children in Need, coming on the back of strong support from across the local community, will now enable the Youth Café to continue this work.
Responding to the announcement, Mr McArthur said:
“I am delighted that the Orkney Youth Café has secured this vital funding. I am also grateful to BBC Children in Need for the positive way in which they have engaged in discussions, not just about the Youth Café’s application but also ways in which other local projects and groups might maximise their chances of accessing funding in future.
“At a public meeting in the Youth Cafe earlier this year, the young people who spoke made clear what the facility has meant to them and how it has helped them, not least in building self-confidence. Since that meeting, the response from across the local community has demonstrated how much the Youth Café is valued. It has also provided an opportunity to raise wider public awareness about the contribution the Youth Café makes.
“In the Year of Young People, it would have been a travesty had the Orkney Youth Café been forced to close its doors. Thanks to Pudsey Bear, however, and the tireless efforts of the staff, volunteers and young people involved with the Youth Café, that threat has now been lifted.”