YDC drive to broaden its appeal

The Youth District Council is to launch a fresh drive to attract new members and broaden its appeal as it seeks to build on another successful year.

It is also planning to change the way it allocates money from its annual £10,000 grants budget.

The decisions were taken at the YDC’s annual general meeting last week. Details of the new campaign and the grants changes will be announced over the next couple of months.

Members also elected Shannon Barrow and Caitlin Mills as their new chairman and vice-chairman. Ben Burton was elected finance officer.

In his annual report Liam Wallace, the outgoing chairman, outlined the YDC’s major achievements over the past year, including its support for Democracy Day and the Safety Zones and its work helping young people develop the skills they need to find jobs.

Twelve groups had been awarded grants that had made “a huge difference”, he said, adding: “Because of the interest in the grants over the past year we will now be reviewing the scheme and looking to see if we can make it even more effective and benefit more groups.”

He had been honoured to announce the winner of the Young Citizen of the Year category at the Pride in Fenland awards. “It was a humbling experience for all of us in the room to hear about the amazing contributions that people make across the district to help friends, family, neighbours and in some cases strangers,” he said.

Paul Medd, Fenland District Council’s chief executive, said: “You should all be very proud of yourselves and of the great job you do. You show fantastic enthusiasm and commitment and that’s recognised by everyone here at FDC – Members and officers alike. So many thanks for that – and keep up the good work.”

Councillor Steve Garratt, FDC’s portfolio holder responsible for young people, said: “Congratulations to everyone on another excellent year in which the YDC has again shown how much they contribute not just to young people but the whole community.

“Today’s meeting showed that – and I’m delighted to see them planning new ways of getting more people actively involved in their work.”

Earlier the meeting had heard a presentation from three members of Crossroads Young Carers, one of the organisations to have received grants. “Thanks to the support from the YDC we were given the chance to have fun, learn new skills and spend time with friends away from our caring roles. It helped us feel less stressed an isolated.”

A special certificate was presented to Matthew Helmshaw, a founder member of the YDC who was leaving after serving on it for four years, ever since its inception.

The groups awarded grants during the year were:

March Cricket Club

Wisbech Air Corp

Young People March

Crossroads Young Carers

Sarah’s Street Dance

Chatteris Action for Youth

March Boxing Club

Families Having Fun

Rural Youth Board

Wisbech Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender


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