CashBack 180

Back in 2019 one of the most exciting developments at Y2K was the news that we were to be one of only 24 partners across Scotland to be awarded CashBack Phase 5 funding 2020-23.

The CashBack for Communities programme is a unique Scottish Government programme which takes funds recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and reinvests them into community projects which support young people into positive destinations, diverting some away from potentially criminal or anti-social behaviour.

At the launch of the Phase 5 funding held at Y2K in January 2020, Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said:

CashBack is a unique and potentially life-transforming programme that helps expand young people’s horizons and supports them to realise their ambitions and reach their full potential.

“This phase of CashBack has a particular focus on projects that support young people and communities most affected by crime. We are working hard to tackle the root causes of crime and disorder through early intervention and to ensure those affected have the support in place to steer them away from criminal or antisocial behaviour.”

This was a clip from STV News from a 14 year old boy who had been through our 12 week programme

CashBack180 was due to begin in April 2020 but the coronavirus pandemic and resulting lockdown restrictions turned plans upside down. However, Y2K will always rise to a challenge and over the past year we have continued to offer a range of supports safely and within Government guidance.

CashBack 180 is a referral-based service, focusing on early support and prevention for young people involved in or at risk of becoming involved in offending, anti-social and risky behaviours. We work with young people to make positive changes in order to work towards more positive futures. Young people accessing this service have the opportunity to take part in fun, participative and educational programmes of activities as well as 1:1 supports. The CashBack180 programme is delivered at Y2K but we can also deliver programmes within Midlothian high schools.

CashBack 180 offers a menu of options appropriate to our journey through the pandemic.

  • 1:1 supports
  • Groupwork programmes
  • Community outreach support through detached youth work

Have a look at our most recent Case Studies from a CashBack 180 Programme, that we were lucky enough to be able to deliver in Beeslack High School when the schools reopened in 2020.


These Case Studies are from the CashBack 180 1:1 supports offered at Newbattle High School before the schools broke up for Christmas in December 2020 and we returned to lockdown.