Young change makers to test out ideas following grant funding

October 23, 2018

Three projects run by young adults are the first to be awarded funding through Pounds for Purpose, a new programme delivered by social enterprise development agency Firstport.

The three individuals will each receive £500 to trial their projects, which have a positive impact on people or the environment.

24-year-old Chloé Young from Inverness was awarded a Pounds for Purpose award to set up her parent and toddler ‘make and taste’ class, teaching basic preparation and cooking skills suitable for small children. Her goal is to promote nutrition and a well-balanced diet.

A recent graduate from Edinburgh College, 20-year-old Amee Ritchie is tackling single use plastic by producing environmentally friendly water bottles. Her S’Wheat bottle is a plant-based biodegradable water bottle that once placed in the ground will fully biodegrade within two years.

Based in Glasgow, 26-year-old Amanda Craig is setting up a women's community cinema screening films directed or written by women in safe spaces around the city. Amanda wants to create a space where women and girls can watch, discuss and create films together, tackling social isolation within communities and promoting a more diverse industry.

Awardee Chloé Young, said: “I feel very passionately about nutrition for children and promoting this in an inclusive way. I believe teaching children about food from an early age is key as it can build habits that will last throughout life. The funding will help me to get the class up and running and to test it out, but the aim is to be able to continue it beyond this using the income from full price places to subsidise places for those on a lower income. I’ve also been talking to my local supermarket, with the possibility of them providing some of the food needed to run the class.”

Case studies on each of the awardees are available on the Firstport website.

The Pounds for Purpose programme was established by Firstport to coincide with Scotland’s Year of Young People. Designed to inspire the next generation of change makers to take action on the issues they care about, the programme offers grants of £500 as well as guidance and support to young people aged 16-26 to try out ideas that have a positive impact on people and the environment.

Josiah Lockhart, Chief Executive of Firstport, said: “It’s fantastic to be announcing our first Pounds for Purpose awardees – congratulations to Chloé, Amee and Amanda. We’re excited to be working with such ambitious young entrepreneurs with the drive and potential to see their projects develop into sustainable businesses.

“The great thing about Pounds for Purpose is that it enables young people to take action on the issues that matter to them. Whether you’re ready to set up a business or not, if you’re prepared to give your idea a chance then we can work with you to make it happen.”

Pounds for Purpose is still open for applications. Find out more on the Firstport website.