Go Kids Go! launches with £9k to give away to youth groups
PUBLISHED: 11:51 21 April 2017 | UPDATED: 14:58 21 April 2017
A project which aims to get Weston-super-Mare’s children active and involved with community groups has launched with £9,000 to give away to kids’ clubs in the town.
Go Kids Go! is in its sixth year and so far it has given out more than £60,000 to a range of organisations, including sports clubs, schools, drama groups and theatre clubs.
The scheme was set up by Weston Lions Club and the Mercury in a bid to encourage activity in young children and just last year gave out £12,000 to ecstatic groups.
It has since been extended to cover more than just sports groups, and supports gardening clubs, art groups, theatre organisations and more.
This year Go Kids Go! has been backed by donations from the Mercury, the Lions, the Grand Pier, the Mead Group, Mayfair Estate Agents, the Howard Group, Lambtrad – which operates the Weston’s McDonald’s restaurants – Crossville Motor Services and the Nightingale Group, with more sponsors expected to boost the £9,000 fund even further.
Malcolm Timmis from the Lions club told the Mercury: “We are delighted to be re-launching the scheme.
“We want to hear from theatre groups, sports clubs, schools and any other organisations promoting activity of the body and mind – we want to hear about anything which encourages children to go out and join in with some kind of activity.
“We just hope as many people as possible will benefit from Go Kids Go!”
The project funds individuals, clubs and not-for-profit organisations which work with children and young people 18 years old and under.
People can apply for a grant of up to £2,000 and previous Go Kids Go! winners can re-apply this year.
You can download a Go Kids go! application form here or pick one up an application form from the Mercury office.
Applications must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or Go Kids Go!, Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury, 32 Waterloo Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1LW by July 19
The judges will meet shortly after and winners will be announced in the Mercury on July 27 before being handed their cheques at Weston Lions Club’s Real Ale Festival on the Beach Lawns on July 30.