Hayle youth project 'delight' at £118k grant boost
A HAYLE project which could help up to 400 young people in west Cornwall has been awarded a grant which will secure its running costs for three years.
Hayle Youth Project (HYP), which aims to help young people who are at risk of social exclusion, has won a grant of more than £118,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.
The project, which currently works with 279 young people, providing activity and educational programmes, will see its services expand in the area.
Project manager Jacqueline Hart said the grant assured that the project could continue to reach more young people in the future, helping them to achieve their full potential.
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"The whole team are delighted and relieved. It is a huge sum of money.
"The Reaching Communities grant will provide three years' funding to support us in continuing to provide our targeted services for young people aged 11 to 19 in west Cornwall.
"This is HYPs' 14th year as a registered charity, which I am pleased to say has been a successful one with six diverse, high quality programmes being accessed."
The project, which is based on Penpol Street, is a registered charity and has been working with young people in the area since it was founded in 1997. Four members of staff are employed at the project, with an active voluntary committee also in place.
The project works with a range of organisations to target young people most at risk of becoming NEET (Not in Education, Employment and Training) by engaging with them in sports, arts and academic subjects.
Miss Hart added: "It's paramount that projects like HYP receive financial support, as it enables us to focus on providing quality, professional, long-term targeted services for those young people most at risk.
"In the current economic climate, with increased cuts to statutory youth provision, HYP services are becoming essential for many young people and called upon by numerous other organisations.
"We continue to support young people in overcoming barriers and developing their educational, social, emotional and physical skills."
In the past year, 86 young people have passed literacy and numeracy programmes through the centre, which the charity hopes will increase next year due to the funding.
By 2015, HYP hopes to see significant developments in the quality and quantity of informal education services in schools, further education and health and community settings.
Hayle Mayor, Jayne Ninnes, said it was good to hear that a grassroots organisation was being supported.
"It's fantastic that such a good organisation will be able to plan ahead."
For more information, contact Jacqueline@hayle-youth-project.org.uk or 01736 755790.