Lizard project lands £16,000 to expand its work with youngsters
A charity project which supports young people in three villages in West Cornwall has been handed a grant of £16,000 to develop its work.
The 3 Villages Youth Project, which works in Mousehole, Newlyn and Paul, has been awarded the cash by the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales.
The two-year grant will help fund the salary of a youth worker who will deliver projects focusing on training, development and employment needs of young people.
Jen Lawry, youth worker at 3 Villages Youth Project, said: "We work across three communities in Cornwall that contain high incidences of deprivation to make a positive difference to the lives of local children and young people.
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"Many of our beneficiaries come from families with little disposable income and are isolated.
"We work closely with our beneficiaries to encourage positive life choices and improve their engagement in communities."
The charity was set up by Newlyn and Mousehole Methodist churches and Paul Anglican Church in October 2002 as a response to the lack of provision for young people in the villages.
Initially a volunteer-run youth club which worked with around 80 young people, it has now expanded its operation thanks to partnerships with local schools, the police and sports clubs, among others.
It provides study support services, a youth club and a dance group to help boost self-esteem in young people and to improve their emotional and physical wellbeing.
It also offers one-to-one and group support by providing information and advice and aims to reduce anti-social behaviour.
The Lloyds TSB Foundation is one of the UK's leading independent grant-making trusts and provides funding to charities that help disadvantaged people to play a fuller role in communities.
Last year, the foundation awarded £18.4 million to 826 charities with more than £160,000 awarded to charities in Cornwall.
Trevor Smale, grant manager for Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, said: "Over 85% of charities need vital core funding more than any other support and at the foundation we are committed to supporting these costs."
Local or regional charities with an income up to £1 million and national charities with an income up to £5 million can find out more about the funding criteria and grant programmes at www.lloydstsbfoundations.org.uk