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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Youngsters get creative studio boost

A GROUP of creative young people in the region have received funding to help with music and animation projects.

The youngsters who regular use Cree Studio in Newton Stewart have been successful in their bid for funding from Dumfries and Galloway’s Youthbank — receiving a total £750 for production software and equipment.
Chair of the Wigtown Area Committee Councillor Marion McCutcheon said: “I am delighted that Youthbank have decided to award funding to this very worthwhile project.
“I am sure that this award will give the young people involved a huge boost and encourage them to progress their interests further.”
During a site visit to find out more about the project and the young people’s funding application, local Youthbank assessors were given a tour of the studio and invited to try some of the equipment.
They were also shown a short film the young people had produced, showcasing some of the skills and talents they have already, and they were told about the young people’s interests in animation and the need for more accessible and easy to use software.
The funding assessors were so impressed with the studio and what the young people get out of attending that they recommended that they get the full amount requested, £562.63, as well as an additional £187.37, bringing the total to £750.
Chair of the community and customer services committee Tom McAughtrie said: “Our council is committed to providing all of our young people with the best start in life.
“The Cree Studio is an excellent facility which allows young people to be creative and express themselves.
“The assessors have identified how valuable this resource is and the benefits that it brings to young people locally.
“I am pleased that the studio has received this funding, allowing them to develop the services that they offer so that young people can continue to enjoy the high quality services that it provides.”

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