15 Years of Impact: The CashBack for Communities Youth Work Fund

CashBack for Communities’ Youth Work Fund has changed the lives of over 400,000 young people across Scotland since it began in 2008! Join us for a week of celebration this September.

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The CashBack for Communities Youth Work Fund was set up in 2008 to divert and convert the proceeds of crime into life-changing youth work activities in the heart of some of Scotland’s most deprived communities.

Since then, it has gone on to support over 400,000 young people – often those facing the most significant barriers to attainment and wellbeing, as well as those most at-risk of entering the justice system.

While we’re disappointed that the Fund has come to an end, we want to celebrate its fantastic achievements and show decision-makers at every level the positive outcomes that can be achieved when we invest in youth work.

From 18th to 23rd September 2023, we’re launching a week-long celebration of the CashBack for Communities Youth Work Fund, looking back on 15 years of impact, using the hashtag #CelebratingCashBack. We’ll be sharing some jaw-dropping headline figures from across the years, demonstrating the impact of youth work, highlighting case studies and sharing your amazing stories made possible by the Fund. Find out how you can get involved below!

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In 2018, we produced a series of videos to celebrate 10 years of the CashBack Youth Work Fund. Check them out to find out more about how youth work changed lives of young people across Scotland through the Fund.

Impact Stats

The CashBack for Communities Youth Work Fund has had an undeniably positive impact on communities the length and breadth of Scotland – particularly in rural areas often overlooked by national funding initiatives. See some of our headline figures from across the years below.

young people supported through CashBack funded projects in the last 15 years.
of Scottish Government funding leveraged in match and in-kind funding from funded organisations across the youth work sector.
return on investment by funding youth work projects.
youth work hours funded through CashBack Youth Work Fund over the last five years.
young people moved on to positive destinations since 2017.
young people reported they were less likely to engage in risk-taking behaviour thanks to youth work.

“Being a part of drop in again made me realise that I can do better than causing havoc in the local park with “friends” every week. It has shown me that I can get anywhere I want to be with focus and hard work”.

Young Person, YMCA Renfrewshire
young people achieving positive behaviour changes since 2017.
young people to achieve accredited learning with support from youth worker since 2017.
young people took up volunteering positions after participating in funded projects.
volunteering hours since 2020.