Scotland Performs Update

Scottish Government performance information

National Outcome: We have strong, resilient and supportive communities where people take responsibility for their own actions and how they affect others

CashBack for Communities


  • The CashBack for Communities programme is a unique Scottish Government initiative, which takes funds recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and invests them back into communities.
  • It funds 17 partner organisations to deliver activities and opportunities for young people across all 32 local authority areas in Scotland.
  • These projects focus on tackling inequalities in areas of deprivation, working with some of the most disadvantaged young people aged 10 to 24.


  • £17m of money projected to be recovered from criminals has been committed to the latest phase of CashBack which will run from April 2017 to end of March 2020.


  • Cashback Phase 4 contains four mandatory outcomes that apply to all 17 partner organisations:
    • Outcome 1: Young people build their capacity and confidence
    • Outcome 2: Young people develop their physical and personal skills
    • Outcome 3: Young people’s behaviours and aspirations change positively
    • Outcome 4: Young people’s wellbeing improves.

Key partners

  • Action for Children
  • Barnardo’s
  • Basketball Scotland
  • Bridges Project
  • Celtic FC Foundation
  • Creative Scotland
  • Impact Arts
  • National Autistic Society
  • Ocean Youth Trust
  • Prince’s Trust
  • Scottish Football Association
  • Scottish Rugby Union
  • Scottish Sports Futures
  • Venture Trust
  • Wise Group
  • Youth Scotland
  • YouthLink Scotland.


Bridges Project - Way2Work#CashBack programme

  • Aims to work with 360 young people aged 14-21.
  • It will deliver four group work programmes annually each lasting 10 sessions with individual follow up support for up to 18 months and job practice placements.
  • It will provide intensive 1:1 mentoring and group work to those young people furthest from the work force and provide follow up support to sustain positive destinations.

Basketball Scotland – Schools of Basketball programme

  • Aims to support 800 disadvantaged young people aged 11-14.
  • It will embed basketball within the curriculum for pupils at risk of disengagement or with low aspirations, and will focus on 16 new schools all in areas of high deprivation.
  • A new educational theme will be delivered based on the concept of ‘leading myself so I can lead others’ which will develop confidence and communication skills and will help prepare participants for the future.

Contribution to National Outcomes

  • Phase 4 is focused on tackling inequalities by raising the attainment, ambition and aspirations of young people who are disadvantaged by:
    • Living in areas of deprivation; and
    • Being unemployed, not in education or training; and/or
    • Being excluded, or at risk of exclusion from school; and/or
    • Being at risk of being involved in antisocial behaviour, offending/re-offending.
  • Partners will deliver activities from diversionary youth work to longer-term potentially life- changing intervention projects providing employment, education, or volunteering opportunities.

The project contributes towards other National Outcomes, such as:

  • We have tackled the significant inequalities in Scottish society.
  • We have improved the life chances for children, young people and families at risk.


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