£200k cash boost for new YMCA project

A new project aiming to support young people with additional needs has received a near £200,000 grant to get it started.

YMCA North Tyneside has received £196,673 from the Big Lottery’s Reaching Communities programme for their dYstinctive project.

The project will provide activities and social opportunities for young people aged 13 to 19 who have additional needs.

Three sessions a week will offer a range of leisure activities with trained staff and volunteers to assist the young people in developing and accessing the five-year programme.

Bosses at the YMCA are working with a number of partners – including TyneMet College, Southlands School, Pathways 4 All and other schools and charities – to reach the widest audience.

Each group will be master of their own destiny, playing an active role in the planning and development of a creative programme, which will encompass a range of sports, media, music, arts, outings and special events.

All three sites will be up and running soon. For more details contact Vicky Williamson, at the YMCA, on (0191) 257 5434 or email vicky@ymcanorthtyneside.org