Helensburgh Heroes, under Director Phil Worms, is, as we reported at the start of this year, spearheading a pioneering project to establish a digital skills academy in the town with a stellar history in television, film and music.
They have £2million to raise for an initiative that has attracted serious interest at all levels from the town itself to the cabinet of the Scottish Government.
THe project has been given swift support from the Big Lottery’s Investing in Ideas fund, which has awarded them the full £10k to support the preparation of the professional business case that will provide the evidence to bring support from funding agencies as the team moves into serious fundraising mode.
This award is crucial to the project in two ways:
- It will enable the team to create a very professional final business case with detailed designs including graphics for interiors etc. which, as we have said, they will need to pursue larger funds;
- It is evidence that the idea has merit and is worthy of further development from a National Lottery stand point.
This is an ambitious and well timed project, given the widespread concerns on youth unemployment levels. It has the capacity to impact positively on the career prospects of young people and those who may have lost their previous jobs in these enduring hard times.
We expect to hear a lot more on developments in this project in the near future.