Joint project lands £386k funding boost

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More activities for youngsters are planned in Wallsend after a cash boost was secured.

A group of local partners, led by the Wallsend Action for Youth charity, has secured £386,595 from the Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Reaching Communities’ programme.

The money will be used for a range of regular events including a community youth choir, skateboarding, football and cookery sessions, plus improvements to three local youth clubs.

The organisations involved in the successful bid will also be involved in delivering the activities over the next three years.

They are Wallsend Action for Youth; St Paul’s Community Centre at Willington Quay; St Mary’s Church; The Church of the Good Shepherd; Wallsend Boys Club; Willington Quay and Howdon Boys and Girls Club; Prometheus; Barnados; YMCA and Northumberland Clubs for Young People.

Alan Strachan, chairman of the Wallsend Action for Youth group, said: “This is a great example of what can be achieved when organisations work together. It will mean we can continue to provide exciting opportunities for the young people of the Wallsend area.”

Coun Ian Grayson, cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said: “This is fantastic news and will be a welcome boost to the great work that is already happening in this area.

“The group of organisations behind the bid have an excellent track record of working successfully and sustainably with young people in Wallsend, including some of our most vulnerable youngsters, and it is great to know that funding for their activities has been secured for at least the next three years.”

To find out more about the Reaching Communities programme, visit www.biglotteryfund.org.uk