Nicola Sturgeon has chosen LGBT Youth Scotland as the platform to deliver her New Year’s message for 2018, focussing on the upcoming Year of Young People (YoYP).

The First Minister was joined by YoYP Ambassadors as she talked of Scotland’s ambition for every child to be their best, saying:

“We’ll be celebrating young people, and the incredible contribution that they make to Scotland, in events the length and breadth of the country – from Shetland right down to the Scottish Borders.”

“Young people have been at the heart of planning the year which – as well as being a great celebration in its own right – also symbolises our desire to make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up. In 2018 we will also take steps to strengthen young people’s rights and ensure that they have an even louder voice in decisions about their own lives.”

And there was more good news as it was announced that LGBT Youth Scotland are to receive £75,000 from the Scottish Government as part of investment in work for young people in 2018. Nearly 120 third sector organisation are set to share the £14million funding, including organisations such as Scouts Scotland, Save the Children and Barnardo’s.

Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Maree Todd MSP, said:

Maree Todd MSP“The third sector has an essential part to play in helping us to improve the lives of young people and families. That is why I am pleased to be able to confirm our continued support for the vital work these organisations do through this 2018/19 fund. Day in and day out, the voluntary sector supports thousands of children, young people and their families in communities across the country, often the most vulnerable or disadvantaged. It is more important than ever to encourage and empower the next generation and I am confident that recipients of this funding will help do just that.”

Public records show the income for LGBT Youth Scotland grew by a quarter of a million pounds last year, standing at £1.1million to March 2017. The charity will receive over £300,000 per year from the Scottish Government from other equalities programmes up to 2020.

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