The future of Dumbarton air cadets is set to soar after they received a fresh funding boost from a nation-wide community funding initiative.

1777 Dumbarton Air Cadets will receive the cash injection from the Ross and Liddell bursary scheme - which aims to provides support to organisations based all over the country.

The new funding from the property management company will allow the squadron to purchase a number of essential items for the youngsters to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, including tents, rucksacks, and sleeping bags.

This will help the group attract cadets from all backgrounds to loan equipment and get involved in the squadron's activities.

Flt Lieutenant Iain Forsyth said: “The funding is very much appreciated and will help the squadron to offer these services to all youngsters across the catchment area, Dumbarton, Alexandria, Helensburgh and beyond.

“It is a very beneficial group as it helps teenagers develop self-esteem, respect, social skills and recognised values.

“Members can also work towards qualifications which will help the young person in progressing with their future opportunities in college, University and the work place."

The organisation hosts local youths from the ages of 13 to 18, assisting them in activities such as flying, gliding and leadership.

The Community Bursary scheme is in its sixth year, and backs organisations all over Scotland that make a difference to their local communities. The 1777 Squadron is one of 32 groups to receive funding through the scheme for this year.

Irene Devenny, managing director of Ross and Liddell, said: “It’s so important that organisations like Dumbarton Air Cadets have access to funding to ensure that youngsters from all backgrounds get the chance to participate in one of the most recognised youth development awards.

“We are thrilled to offer our support and know that the funding will be put to good use.”

The Dumbarton squadron meets on Mondays and Thursdays from 7:15pm to 9:30pm.