New Friday evening youth service
A grant from Northumberland County Council will help to provide Friday evening youth sessions for teenagers in Amble.
The council has awarded £5,000 from its Community Chest Fund to The Amble Youth Project, a registered charity which operates from Dilston Terrace. The Youth Project provides a range of youth opportunities and services for young people between 11 and 19. They can access information, advice and guidance on health, training and employment. It is open five full days and five evenings a week for 51 weeks of the year.
Now with the help of funding from the council to pay staffing costs, the centre will be able to continue to open on Friday evenings – a time when young people may otherwise be out on the streets.
Councillor Roger Styring, deputy leader of Northumberland County Council said: “The centre provides an alternative base for young people to meet and offers a wide range of constructive and enjoyable activities. At the same time it provides them with a safe, caring and welcoming environment and a meeting place where they can make friends, socialise and receive support and advice on a wide range of youth related issues.
“The centre is well established and well thought of in and around the town and I’m pleased that the funding from the council will help to extend the activities it provides”
Leader of the Youth Project, Maureen Middlemas is pleased with the grant: “We’re delighted. It will make a huge difference to the young people. It will cover part of the costs of Friday night sessions for juniors and seniors. Usually youth projects aren’t open on Friday evenings, but now young people can come in, watch DVDs and use the services. Everything is free”.