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Lottery funding will help a Mid Argyll youth project make a difference to the lives of young people across the region.

A grant of £90,000 over three years has been awarded to Mid Argyll Youth Development Services (MAYDS) through the Young Start initiative, run by the Big Lottery Fund. The money will be used to fund project and activity costs.

Across Scotland, £1 million was handed out to 16 projects run for, and by, young people.

The Young Start cash will help young people aged between eight to 24 years old reach their full potential by shaping and taking part in a wide range of activities that boost their confidence, physical and mental health, and skills for the future.

Young Start accesses monies from dormant bank accounts and is run by the Big Lottery Fund.

Big Lottery Fund Scotland chairwoman, Maureen McGinn said: ‘I am delighted that Mid Argyll Youth Development Services has been successful in securing Young Start funding.

‘This award will make a big difference the lives of local young people who will be at the heart of both project design and delivery.

‘I wish MAYDS every success as it goes on to develop and expand its project to help young people reach their potential.’

As for the youngsters themselves, 11-year-old Zander said: ‘I like coming to MAYDS as it is a safe place for me to meet with friends, play pool and have fun.’

MAYDS youth volunteers Kevin, 17, and Aidan, 16, said they are delighted MAYDS has received the funding, adding: ‘We enjoy being youth volunteers and this money will help more young people to be supported into training and volunteering.’