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Kids' cafe bid is given £1m boost

PUBLISHED: 03:53 18 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:02 03 March 2010

YOUNG people in Suffolk have been given a £1 million boost to help provide a new drop-in centre aimed at their health and general wellbeing.

The partnership project has been given the go-ahead from the New

Opportunities Fund which is funding the scheme from its Healthy Living Centre programme.

YOUNG people in Suffolk have been given a £1 million boost to help provide a new drop-in centre aimed at their health and general wellbeing.

The partnership project has been given the go-ahead from the New

Opportunities Fund which is funding the scheme from its Healthy Living Centre programme.

The Suffolk Young Peoples' Health Project is one of 11 projects across the UK that is receiving more than £8.3 million for Healthy Living Centre funding to address health inequalities.

Now the search is on for a social centre in Ipswich to provide advice from youth workers, a café providing low cost healthy food, crèche and other specialist services.

It is designed for people between the ages of 13 and 25 within a 12-mile radius of the town centre and aims to:

naddress health inequalities experienced by disadvantaged groups;

ntackle drug and alcohol misuse;

nprovide sexual health and contraceptive advice;

nboost the confidence and self-esteem of young people;

noffer free legal and careers advice.

Dr Brian Keeble, chair of the project's management committee, said: "This is fantastic news for the young people of Suffolk and for the somewhat older group of people who have spent five years planning this project.

"I am grateful to the New Opportunities Fund for giving us the chance to make a reality of our vision for a young people's centre and to all those who have helped the project get to where it is today. Now the hard work really begins."

Stephen Dunmore, Chief Executive of the New Opportunities Fund, said: "The Suffolk Young Peoples Health Project is a good example of partners pooling their expertise and resources to offer a comprehensive service under one roof.

"We wish them well in their search for a suitable venue and look forward to seeing their vision of a one-stop-shop for young people get off the ground."

The project will work closely with a number of partners including local councils, health groups, careers advisers and the newly established Connexions service for Suffolk.


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