Youth cash up for grabs

HARD CHOICES: YDC members debate FDC's priorities
HARD CHOICES: YDC members debate FDC's priorities
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About £3,400 is still up for grabs this year for projects supporting young people in Fenland – but time is running out for youth groups to try to get a slice of it.

The money is available through the Youth District Council’s annual grant scheme. It has to be allocated by the end of March.

Claire Bennett, the YDC’s chair, said: “We have £10,000 to hand out over the year. So far we have approved 10 grants, totalling just over £6,600. That means we still have around £3,400 in the kitty.

“We’re sure there are plenty of people with great projects or ideas for helping young people that could do with some extra money. But they need to get in touch with us straightaway and tell us what they have in mind. We have only one more meeting next month to consider any applications, so don’t hang around – get your application in now.”

At their latest meeting two weeks ago YDC members approved grants to five organisations - Young People’s Services, Centre 33, Young People March, SexYOUality, and the Wisbech Interfaith Forum.

The grants were for a range of projects, including a new drop-in counselling service for 13-25 year-olds, a community event for young people to be designed and organised by members of the Waterlees Youth Forum, and a 12-week “transition club” to ease the passage of Year 6 students into Year 7.

The young councillors also gave their response to the current consultation on what Fenland District Council’s priorities should be for its spending over the next three years.

Not surprisingly, perhaps, they put “education and skills” at the top of their list. That was followed by “protecting vulnerable residents”, “emptying bins and recycling rubbish” and “transport”.

The consultation questionnaire is available online at www.fenland.gov.uk/yourviews2015. All responses must be in by 5pm next Monday (February 9).

n To apply for a YDC grant, call Sharon Dove on 01354 654321 or email sdove@fenland.gov.uk

Applications must be received by Monday, March 16.