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Youngsters get creative in the kitchen with airport support

Budding chefs in Clydebank will be getting crafty in the kitchen with the opening of a new charity café thanks to new funding from Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund.

An award of £9,755 from the airport will allow West Dunbartonshire charity Y Sort It, which supports around 400 vulnerable young people aged 12-25, to fit a new kitchen in its Clydebank youth centre.

The café will be used by the charity’s youth workers to help the young people learn how to cook healthy and nutritious meals on a budget. The long term aim of the project is to operate the kitchen and café as a social enterprise, with young volunteers from Y Sort It working at the centre to gain experience in hospitality and catering.

Members of staff and youngsters from Y Sort It celebrated the award of the funding from the FlightPath Fund with Archie Hunter, chairman of the FlightPath Fund, and Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, at a celebration event in Clydebank Town Hall on Friday (7th November).

Representatives of other organisations which have received financial support in the past also addressed the audience, which included MPs, MSPs and councillors.

Y Sort It supports a range of vulnerable, at risk and hard to reach young people throughout West Dunbartonshire, including young mum’s to be, young fathers, young carers, those with disabilities and looked after and accommodated young people.

Gillian Kirkwood from Y Sort It said “We are extremely grateful to Glasgow Airport for the financial support which will allow us to develop this new kitchen and get the project off the ground. It’s incredibly important that young people have the skills and enthusiasm to cook nutritious food on a budget so that they can take a healthy approach to life every single day.”

Archie Hunter said: “Y Sort It extends support to hard to reach young people who often have nobody else to turn to. The grant from the FlightPath Fund will be used to equip these young people with new skills which will be incredibly useful to them and their loved ones throughout their lives.”

Amanda McMillan added: “It is important that local communities around the airport share in our success. This event has been a fantastic celebration of the success of the FlightPath Fund and it has been very encouraging to hear from some of the groups who have benefitted since its inception in 2010. Listening to representatives of these organisations speak passionately about the work they do makes us even more determined to continue supporting our communities.”


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