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Huge financial boost for youth projects

TWO Copeland youth organisations have been awarded tens of thousands of pounds of funding for local projects.

Shackles Off in Seascale and the Whitehaven Harbour Youth Project have received grants from the Copeland Community Fund to secure the core costs of the projects over the next three years.

The harbour youth project will receive £90,000, while Shackles Off will gain £45,000 in the same period.

Mike Mills, of the youth harbour project, said: “We are delighted to get the funding as it’s a very thorough application process. The money will go towards the work we are already doing.

“We want to engage more young people and maintain the work that is already taking place.”

He said the budget for the harbour youth project is between £170,000 to £180,000 each year, and so the money from the Copeland Community Fund will help towards the cost of running the centre and the activities.

Mr Mills said that last year, the project was granted funding by the Big Lottery. This is also £90,000 over a three-year period.

He said: “It’s a massive reassurance, with the Big Lottery and this.”

Each week a number of activities are held at the centre on Swingpump Lane. These include adventure clubs, climbing wall sessions, a drop-in cafe, Connexions activities and young carers meetings. He said around 300 people used the centre each week.

In Seascale, the £45,000 will also be put to good use. The project supports young people in the rurally isolated community of Seascale. The funding enables an additional full-time post.

The money will also go towards continuing the work that is already being carried out.

Lyn Edwards, Shackles Off volunteer, said: “Shackles Off would also like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all our financial supporters and volunteers. Without your support we would not be where we are today!”

Mrs Edwards says there are over 100 members working with young people in a variety of youth work, including youth clubs, workshops, drop-in sessions and a Sunday morning E-xtreme service each week.

All the programmed sessions are free. Vulnerable young people who can’t attend programmed sessions are supported by detached youth work.

Shackles Off also supports the breastfeeding group by providing free room hire.

Have your say

If you ever waned one good reason why Copeland is such a fantastic place to live and bring up young people, look no further. Hats off to everybody responsible for providing the funding and to those supporting our kids!!!!!!

Posted by Tom Bindle on 19 January 2012 at 16:54

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