Jamie the Unicorn takes off for youth work

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The unicorn is on a 2,000 mile round trip, promoting vital youth work services in rural and island communities

6th December 2019 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

Jamie the Unicorn has taken to the skies on his tour of the islands, in partnership with the national agency for youth work and Scotland’s airline, Loganair.

The unicorn is on a 2,000 mile round trip, promoting vital youth work services in rural and island communities.

He started his journey in Jedburgh in the Borders and will end his journey on Saturday 14 December in Shetland, so will be home in time for Christmas.

This year, the CashBack for Communities Youth Work fund has awarded £778,595.00 to 194 projects, benefiting 14,486 young people. Jamie the Unicorn has been visiting some of these projects on his travels.

Jamie has his own twitter account @CashBackJamie and he has been tweeting about his journey as he goes round the country.

Jane Dailly, national grants manager for YouthLink Scotland, said: “For us and Jamie, it’s about spreading the word about the positive impact youth work has on young people’s lives. It’s about showcasing the beauty and breadth of landscape and activity across Scotland. And it’s about re-discovering the unicorn, who is after all our national mythical animal.

Loganair is supporting Jamie the Unicorn as he tours the islands, flying Jamie to and from Orkney, Lewis and Shetland.

Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf said: “For the last 11 years, Cashback for Communities has seen the proceeds of crime, seized by Scotland’s law enforcement agencies, invested in young people across the country to help them reach their full potential. Since 2008 we have committed nearly £110 million which has delivered 2.5 million activities and opportunities for young people across all of Scotland’s 32 local authorities.”