Youth club boost for Woodbridge

YOUNG people in Woodbridge are to have a new youth club on their estate after receiving a £5,000 grant to set it up.Until now there have been no youth facilities on the Peterhouse estate in Woodbridge.

YOUNG people in Woodbridge are to have a new youth club on their estate after receiving a £5,000 grant to set it up.

Until now there have been no youth facilities on the Peterhouse estate in Woodbridge.

But, after securing money from the Local Network Fund, members of the Kyson Community Association hope to begin the club before the end of February.

Fred Reynolds, treasurer of the association, helped to secure the money. He said: "We have purchased all the equipment now and we're in a position to start. We're meeting next week to sort out the finer details but we hope to be up and running by the end of next month."


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The money has been used to purchase an air hockey table, table football and pool table. It is also paying for two youth workers to run the club.

The club will meet in the Kyson Community Centre, one evening a week, and there will be two sessions for varying age groups.

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Mr Reynolds said: "The £5,000 is essentially enough to keep us going for one year, and then if it is a success we will need to look for additional ways of funding it."

The Local Network Fund is a Government grant available to any community group who are working with disadvantaged children under the age of 19.

It is managed locally by Suffolk Acre and any community groups who think they fit the criteria can apply for grants of up to £7,000 to fund them for a year.

Christine Abraham, manager of the Local Network Fund in Suffolk, said: "The Peterhouse estate is a disadvantaged area. There isn't anything there for the young people to do at the moment, so it's great to be able to help them out in this way."

There are currently around £70,000 worth of Local Network Funds waiting to be claimed by deserving causes before the end of March.

If you would like to find out more about funding for your local community group or project and think you fit the criteria contact Christine on 01473 242532.

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