Youth projects scoop thousands of pounds

YOUTH projects in Ipswich have scooped tens of thousands of pounds today thanks to the support of their peers.Projects for young people in the county have been awarded cash in the first of a two-year Youth Opportunity and Youth Capital Fund scheme - administered by Suffolk County Council.

YOUTH projects in Ipswich have scooped tens of thousands of pounds today thanks to the support of their peers.

Projects for young people in the county have been awarded cash in the first of the government's two-year Youth Opportunity and Youth Capital Fund scheme - administered by Suffolk County Council.

Altogether £500,000 has been spilt between 87 projects across the county after a panel of about 50 Suffolk youngsters considered a host of bids for the cash.

Among the projects they chose to support was a scheme to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youngsters and their friends.

The project, which will be run in Ipswich, has received £7,186 to set up and run regular, safe disco events and a prom.

Ipswich Play Boaters were also successful with an £8,286 award to buy canoes and other safety equipment for the Ipswich Canoe Club, as well as helping send a group of young people on a canoeing expedition to Wales.

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And Music for Life Projects in Ipswich, Needham Market, Sudbury, Newmarket, Halesworth and Bury St Edmunds also share £51,628 to establish rock and pop music tuition, workshops, rehearsal space and gigs.

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