Cash up for grabs for youth projects

TEENAGERS in the Suffolk Coastal area were today told they have £110,000 to spend on projects - but only a month to get their bids in for the cash.Youngsters are also needed to join the district's new youth forum, which will have a major say on how the money is used.

By Richard Cornwell

TEENAGERS in the Suffolk Coastal area were today told they have £110,000 to spend on projects - but only a month to get their bids in for the cash.

Youngsters are also needed to join the district's new youth forum, which will have a major say on how the money is used.

Suffolk Coastal's Local Strategic Partnership (LSP) though said time was of the essence as bids must be in by the end of February.

“Suffolk has received £624,000 from the government to help young people become more involved in their local community and this district's share is £111,904, which will be used to pay for new projects or equipment,” said LSP chairman Ray Herring.

“This LSP last year funded the appointment of Suffolk Coastal's first young people's officer, Keri Mohan, because we recognised the importance of getting young people involved in the way services are provided now and in the future.

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“Keri has already set up a youth forum, and one of its first tasks has been to look at bids to the Youth Opportunity Fund (YOF) or the Youth Capital Fund (YCF).

“I hope more young people will come forward and join this district's youth forum and get involved in making decisions about spending money on projects that are targeted at their age group.”

Any young people who would like to get involved in the youth forum can contact Keri Mohan by emailing keri.mohan@suffolkcoastal.gov.uk or calling or texting her on 07795 092255.

They can also write to her at Suffolk Coastal council, Woodbridge, IP12 1AU. Full details, along with an application form, are also available on the LSP's website.

Training and support is offered by the county council's Youth and Connexions Service to members of the youth forum who want to get involved in the decision-making process.

The deadline for bids for the cash is February 28 and Shirley Horne, funding development co-ordinator at the service, is able to help groups of young people put together grant applications. She can be contacted on 01473 260183, or by email shirley.horne@connexionssuffolk.org.uk

Mr Herring said: “We have also put information on the LSP website about these funding opportunities, and I would like to thank the county council for agreeing that the spending decisions on this money could be made on the ground by local young people.

“I hope this funding will help support local clubs and projects providing activities in our district and increase the opportunities on offer for our local young people.”

WEBLINK: www.sclsp.org.uk/youngpeople

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