A group of young people who volunteer their time to help with the development and maintenance of their community gardens in Leswalt applied to D&G Youthbank for £152.92 to purchase their own tools and equipment to upkeep Aldouran Wetland Gardens.
Not only was the group awarded the money for the much needed tools and equipment, the Youthbank assessors and regional Youthbank committee was so impressed by the level of commitment and enthusiasm of the young people, they were also awarded an additional £597.08 to put towards a much needed on-site shed for the equipment.
The Youthbank assessors will return to the gardens to meet the young people again in six months’ time to find out what difference the funding has made to their group and wider community.
Wigtown Area Committee Chairperson, Councillor Marion McCutcheon, was impressed by the enthusiasm and initiative shown by young people involved.

Cllr McCutcheon commented;
“Aldouran Wetland Gardens project is a wonderful example of how people of all ages can work together to create something the whole community can enjoy and be proud of. The young volunteers have shown enthusiasm and dedication to this project and should be congratulated on their successful funding bid to D&G Youthbank”.
Dumfries and Galloway’s Youthbank is a youth-led grant giving initiative that encourages groups of young people to apply for money to put their good ideas in to action. Trained Youthbank assessors, who are young people aged 12-25, assess the applications, make site visits and have the final say on what groups get the money. The maximum grant amount is £750.
For further information on Youthbank funding contact Rhona Norris, Community Learning and Development on 030 33 33 3000 (ext 61345) or email [email protected].

Youthbank assessors Brogan Walker and Chloe Cairney present cheque for £750 to Kirsty McColm and the rest of the young volunteers

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