Young people in Dundee are celebrating after securing investment for a special Youth Zone at the first Dundee Pride in September.
Now the Purple Dragons group (pictured) will be able to organise and run their own events, supported by LGBT charities Pink Saltire and LGBT Youth Scotland.
The group has been set up to help those under 25 learn new skills through volunteering and to help them make new friends.
Funding has been confirmed as part of 2 separate programs, both dedicated to offering new opportunities for young people in the city. The Dundee Youth Fund has supported the Dragons with £1500 and £1000 has been awarded from the Young Scot ‘Year of Young People’ fund.
Speaking at the cheque handover this week, Barry Jordan, who runs services in Dundee for LGBT Youth Scotland, said:
“This funding will provide a great opportunity for LGBT young people to be supported to deliver a fantastic event in the city alongside Dundee Pride. We have worked closely with young people in the city, providing support, running youth groups and raising awareness to other service providers for around 8 years now. Young people are really excited about this event because they have been hoping to see a Pride in Dundee for a long time. It will be a great chance to showcase the pride and talents of Dundee’s LGBT young people.”
Stuart Duffy, Founder of the charity Pink Saltire, commented:
“It’s fantastic to see the young LGBT people in Dundee taking the initiative and organising events for their peers to celebrate the diversity of this great city and to create a safe and welcoming space for all.”
“The young people have shown fantastic commitment and real enthusiasm for organising this Pride space for themselves and we’re grateful to Young Scot and the Dundee Youth Fund for their support to make this event happen.”
“We firmly believe young people in communities right around Scotland have lots to give back to their local area and this is one fantastic positive example of investing in their ideas to make life better for LGBT people.”