Graham praises the work done by a community group after visiting them last week

Graham was invited to see how the Youth Matters Community Group, who are based in the Forgewood Community, have benefited from a Big Lottery Fund award.

He received a warm and very vocal welcome from the youngsters as they showed him their creative handiwork of picture and painted plates.

The MSP also spent time with project manager Stewart Wilson and his team of volunteers who give up their free time to run Youth Matters and heard of their plans to extend the popular club.

Graham said: “I was delighted be invited along and see for myself the hard work that Stewart and his volunteers have put into the project.

“Whilst most 25-year-olds are out on a Friday night, Stewart gives up his time to run a youth group. It speaks volumes for his dedication and that of the rest of the volunteers.

“You can’t underestimate the importance of a set up like this in the community. It allows youngsters from a young age and up to 20 years old somewhere they can go and have fun and meet up in a safe environment.

“It’s great to witness the young members having a ball and also being creative and all done with a smile on their faces and I’m sure they are also making friends for life.

“That is all due to the hard work and dedication from the volunteers who give up their time. It is easy to see just why they were awarded a Big Lottery Fund award.”