Green training lands funding

AN outdoor training programme in north Northumberland has received a cash boost from the region’s gas pipeline provider.

Northumberland Positive Futures is a social inclusion programme that uses sporting and educational activities to engage with disadvantaged and marginalised young people.

They are one of 17 organisations from across the region to win a Northern Green Networks award, an environmental scheme operated for the past four years by Northern Gas Networks.

The £4,339 funding will be used towards the development of an outdoor training programme based around Whiteburnshank Residential Centre, a small farmhouse north of Alwinton.

The programme will encourage young people to engage in environmental activities such as dry stone walling and energy conservation.

So far, the funding has been used to create a camping area for the youngsters as well as an outdoor classroom for use in bad weather.

Keith Newman, from Northern Gas Networks, said: “Northern Green Networks was designed to support grassroots groups who are getting out there and making a difference to their communities and their environment.

“Educating the community about our natural environment is very worthwhile and we congratulate Northumberland Positive Futures on their groundbreaking work.”