Weston youth project wins £44k in funding after public vote

PUBLISHED: 17:00 14 May 2018

The group will receive £44,565 of National Lottery funding. Picture: Helen Wheelock

The group will receive £44,565 of National Lottery funding. Picture: Helen Wheelock

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A community group working with children on Weston-super-Mare’s Bournville, Coronation and Oldmixon estates has won more than £40,000 of lottery funding.

Our Time youth project was shortlisted as one of five nominees in the South West for ITV’s The People’s Project.

The group will receive £44,565 worth of National Lottery cash which will be used to employ a part-time youth worker to design, implement and facilitate a youth forum, which will become the project’s main activity hub.

The youth forum will make decisions about the kinds of activities they want to take part in and provide for the children, young people and families in their community, with a long-term aim of the forum being self-regulating across the three estates.

It aims to make a meaningful difference to people by providing them with summer lunch clubs, days out and family trips.

A cheque presentation was made by ITV West Country and the Big Lottery Fund at the Bournville’s For All Healthy Living Centre, in Lonsdale Avenue, and the group’s campaign organiser, Helen Wheelock, was delighted to receive ‘such a significant amount of funding’.

She said: “It is amazing, I am so proud of everyone on this team and thankful to all the people who voted for us.

“We knocked on a lot of doors and managed to get approval from the whole community; both young and old people came together and voted for us which I am chuffed about. Some of the families who will benefit from this will be able to feed their children during the summer holidays because it really is such a significant amount of funding.”

A follow-up programme by ITV will take place later in the year which will show how and where the money has been spent.

Helen added: “This will give the project more creditability and we can work towards achieving our goals, which show the funding has been worthwhile.

“We want to set up a system which will allow people to get off the estates for a day trip who would not be able to during the summer months, as family trips out can be very expensive and unaffordable to many.”

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