Cash boost for youth projects

TWO Dearne youth projects were among the first to receive cash from a new housing association community fund.

The Hickleton Youth project and Goldthorpe Reform WMC Junior Football Club have both been given £500 from the £100,000 Keepmoat Community Fund

The successful bids in the first allocation of cash attended a fund awarding event at the Seasons show home, marking the first birthday of the Seasons Housing Scheme development.

Ian Ball, project manager for the Hickleton Youth Project, said: “Our project engages young people in educational recreation through the youth club, which provides programmes such as healthy living, cook and eat, sports activities and arts and crafts. We give the young people empowerment and responsibility through a youth council which decides what programmes and activities are run.

This provides practical education about democracy and how choices can affect positive change for individuals and the wider community. The funding we received helped to fund a trip to London during which the young people visited Downing Street and enjoyed a tour of the Houses of Parliament, learning more about the importance of democracy and its impact on people’s lives”.

Secretary of Goldthorpe Reform WMC. Junior Football Club. Ian Lax, secretary, added: “The club is run by a group of dedicated volunteers and all our funding comes through donations. The money from the Keepmoat Community Fund will pay for new kits, training equipment and our annual prize-giving night. We have four teams and provide coaching to over 60 local kids, keeping them fit and healthy and building respect in one another and the wider community. We’re delighted to receive this funding as it will help us to continue this good work.”

Presenting the cheques, David Carmichael of Keepmoat Homes Yorkshire, said: “We’ve worked closely with the Thurnscoe Alliance to select the projects that will make the most positive contribution to the local community, enhance the lives of residents and help attract interest and further investment in the area”. The first phase of Seasons, known as ‘Springside’, is now underway and comprises 160 properties.