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Youth project delight after funding boost

L to R Deborah Walton, finance director at Lynemouth Power, Dillon Farley, junior member of the Youth Project, Bob Huntington, managing director at Lynemouth Power, Jeff Watson, Amble Youth Project chair and Brandon McCann, also a junior member.

L to R Deborah Walton, finance director at Lynemouth Power, Dillon Farley, junior member of the Youth Project, Bob Huntington, managing director at Lynemouth Power, Jeff Watson, Amble Youth Project chair and Brandon McCann, also a junior member.

A £1,500 donation has enabled a young person’s group to extend its services.

Amble Youth Project received the grant from south-east Northumberland-based Lynemouth Power.

The money has allowed the charity to extend its opening hours to include a new Friday night session.

Northumberland county councillor and project chairman, Jeff Watson, welcomed the funding boost, adding: “We are the only organisation in Amble to provide a safe and secure environment for young people in the community to meet, have fun and participate in constructive activities.

“Lynemouth Power’s continued support is invaluable to us. We would not be able to offer the new Friday evening service without this generous donation. Their help is greatly appreciated by both the trustees and the young people who use our facilities.”

The Project works to encourage young people, aged nine to 18, to adopt healthy and fulfilling lifestyles by offering advice and guidance on drugs, sexual health, alcohol, smoking, healthy eating, employment and training, as well as a place to meet friends and have fun participating in various leisure activities.

The project has been providing important leisure and education facilities to young people for almost two decades and relies solely on donations to fund its operations.

Bob Huntington, managing director at Lynemouth Power, said: “The Project is a fantastic organisation run by dedicated volunteers providing a vital resource in the community.

“We are delighted to be funding the Friday evening sessions, which I’m sure will be extremely popular.”

The scope of the Project’s work has changed considerably in recent years. Originally a drop-in-centre run by two volunteers, it is now a gateway to reach disaffected and disadvantaged young people. The focus of the work has moved from a youth club style to issue-based work addressing a range of issues.

In the last 12 months, there has been more than 8,000 visits to the Project by young people and other community members accessing various types of support and activities.

For more details on the project, visit the {http://northumberland.fsd.org.uk/kb5/northumberland/fsd/organisation.page?record=U9fNbJsBVVA|Northumberland County Council website|Click here for a link to the website.|, or call 01665 713741.

 

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