YOUNG adults and children in the Wee County are set to benefit from thousands of pounds in funding for activities.

Two local community groups and organisations secured combined funding of £16,831 from the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities scheme.

For both Ochil Youths Community Improvement (OYCI) CIC and Play Alloa, the money will be used to provide a variety of activities for children as well as young adults.

MSP Keith Brown hailed the cash coming into the Wee County, saying: “I congratulate Ochil Youths Community Improvement CIC and Play Alloa on securing this funding from CashBack for Communities.

“Investment of this kind helps to support the incredible work they do with youth across Clackmannanshire.”

CashBack for Communities is a unique Scottish scheme, which reinvests criminal assets into local projects that support young people into positive destinations like work, education, volunteering or other personal development.

Mr Brown, SNP representative for Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, added: “It is absolutely right that the proceeds of crime are reinvested back into the community and this is symbolic of the progressive SNP approach to justice.”

OYCI CIC operates around the Hillfoots area and is led by local young people who strive to make things better with positive and lasting changes for all their peers.

Charity Play Alloa is well known as the provider of play and social opportunities for children and adults with additional support needs and disabilities around the Wee County with play sessions, social groups and life skill workshops on offer at two locations.