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Airport donates thousands to local youth agency

04 September 2009

A local youth agency has received a £2,000 a cash donation from Edinburgh Airport.

Western Hailes Youth Agency were delighted to receive the cash boost from Edinburgh Airport’s BAA Communities Trust Fund. The funding will enable the agency to continue to maintain its vital community support to over 1900 young people in the Broomhouse, Sighthill, Parkhead, Juniper Green, Baberton and Longstone area.

The Youth Agency, which promotes social inclusion within the community,  is focused on developing life skills such as motivation and self esteem that will enable the young people to enjoy full and positive lifestyles.

Valerie Cox, Manager at Wester Hailes Youth Agency said: “We are very grateful to Edinburgh Airport for their donation towards our Peer Education Project. The Project supports sixth form pupils in delivering workshops around the issues of alcohol, tobacco and drug misuse to younger pupils.  This year we have 15 pupils from Forrester High School who are going to be trained as Peer Educators. They are keen to take part and are looking forward to the challenge. The donation will ensure we can continue to provide a service that encourages young people to volunteer and gives them the confidence to make informed choices about alcohol, tobacco and drug use”.

Kevin Lang, Head of Communications at BAA Scotland said: “As a local employer, we are fully committed to supporting projects in the community and are delighted to offer support to such a worthwhile cause. Wester Hailes Youth Agency do a fantastic job teaching young people valuable life skills that will benefit the youngsters in their personal and working lives.