Young People March given £1,900 boost thanks to youth fund

Members of Young People March dressed as the Royal Family for the March Summer Festival parade

Members of Young People March dressed as the Royal Family for the March Summer Festival parade - Credit: Archant

Young People March have received a £1,920 grant to continue running Monday evening drop in sessions for 11-18 year olds.

The money has come from the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation Youth Fund, which was set up in 2014 by Councillor Jason Ablewhite, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire.

It was founded to help young people engage in positive activities.

Grants of up to £2,000 are available to local charities and community groups.

Jane Darlington, chief executive of the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, said: “The grants are targeted to local groups that work at a grassroots level in the community, benefiting from volunteer input and wider community support.

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“Groups like this make a real difference and the funding will help to engage more young people in positive activities.”

Cllr Jason Ablewhite added: “We must not underestimate the power of local projects in transforming the lives of disadvantaged young people. “Groups across the county have already benefited from the Youth Fund and I am determined to help even more young people channel their energies into productive activities which increase self-esteem and benefit the wider community.”

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Other projects to have benefitted from the fund since its launch include the Garage Community Trust in Stretham which received a grant to engage six young people in a bike maintenance and repair project and Waterlees Youth Service Providers CIC which won funding towards the running of the drop-in project at Community House in Waterlees, Wisbech.

To apply for a Youth Fund grant visit

The next deadline for the fund is February 1, 2017.

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