College helps pay for youth work

PUBLISHED: 18:00 06 July 2012

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A WESTON youth group has been handed £5,000 to help deliver services for youngsters across South Ward.

Our Way Our Say Engage was given £2,500 by Weston College to help continue to run events for young people.

It has also received £2,500 from a North Somerset businessman, who wished to remain anonymous.

John Cleary, who runs Weston Amateur Boxing Club on the Bournville estate and is involved with Our Way Our Say, said the money would help sustain youth work across the area in future.

A spokesman for Weston College said: “The college has been heavily involved in supporting a variety of initiatives in South Ward.

“Most recently we were approached by the local councillor Ian Parker who asked if we would make a donation towards youth work he was co-ordinating.

“We decided therefore to make a small donation on the basis it was matched by a local business.”

Cllr Parker said: “Given the number of young people it engages, about 20-30 people on each of the three estates every week, it is vital that it is kept funded.”

Cllr Parker added he was ‘extremely grateful’ to both the college and the anonymous businessman for their contributions towards keeping the services going.

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