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NEARLY £1m is to be spent over three years on delivering a better borough for children and young people.

North Tyneside Council has launched a three-year plan, which includes an investment fund spending more than £830,000 to improve youth services and facilities.

The ‘Creating a Young Person’s Borough’ strategy sets out how the council and its partners will establish activities, opportunities and places for young people aged eight to 19.

These will be delivered through a borough-wide network of facilities by partners from the private, voluntary, community and statutory sectors.

And to help, groups and organisations will be able to bid for grants of up to £50,000 from the fund.

The programme aims to develop a network of age-appropriate facilities, particularly in town centres and areas where there is a lack of youth provision or where it is of poor quality.

Mayor Linda Arkley said: “Our combined efforts will encourage children and young people to become more active within their communities and ensure their contributions are recognised.

“The overall aim of this important, shared work is to make sure North Tyneside is a place where children and young people are valued, respected, healthy, happy, protected from harm and able to fulfil their potential.”

Groups have until Friday, November 30, to submit an application, with forms at www.northtyneside.gov.uk