Young People March net BIG lottery grant

HUNDREDS of young people in March are set to benefit from a huge lottery grant of more than �90,000.

Young People March (YPM), a centre for young people aged between seven and 25, have secured �91,431 in funding from the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities Programme.

Among recent visitors to the young people’s centre is MP Steve Barclay, who dropped in recently to meet some of the 7-11 year-olds.

The NE Cambs MP introduced himself to the staff and youth volunteers before taking part in some sports with the youngsters.

The lottery grant will be used to organise training sessions with the centre’s existing facilities, which include a basketball court, pool and table tennis tables and music equipment.

It will allow workshops in dance, music and art to continue and help and guidance on issues such as sexual health, drug abuse and homelessness to be given.

Sarah Brown, from Young People March said: “With this money we can open our doors for the foreseeable future, this is a six days a week service that young people can access with qualified staff running day and evening sessions.

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“With over 100 young people accessing the centre a week the money will benefit the wider community, giving young people somewhere safe to meet and keeping them off the street.”

Sarah Betsworth, Big Lottery Fund’s Head of the East of England region, said: “Young People March is doing fantastic work. Offering opportunities and guidance will enhance the structure of young people’s education, training and social lives so that they are better equipped to take an active role in all specs of their community.”

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