Sixteen Somerset youth clubs have shared £48k in grants from Somerset County Council to help run popular activity sessions, buy equipment and employ staff.
Teenage members of the Somerset Youth Parliament Advisory Group allocated the funding with the grants supporting new and existing projects across the county.
Cabinet Member for Children and Young People at Somerset County Council, Councillor Frances Nicholson, said: “We are extremely pleased to be supporting young people in Somerset by helping voluntary groups and communities across the County to provide youth services.
“Involving the Somerset Youth Parliament in the allocation of these funds has been a real success. I am extremely impressed by the way that these young people are helping to make important decisions, within the set criteria, that affect other young people in the County.
“This funding will support voluntary and community groups to continue with the excellent work they do with our young people.”
Taunton Deane and West Somerset Member of the UK Youth Parliament, Ellen Collard, said: “After a tough two days, we are pleased to have granted money to sixteen local youth clubs across Somerset. We appreciate the importance of effective allocation of the funds, during difficult financial times. I look forward to visiting the funded clubs in Taunton Deane and West Somerset.”
Thrinayani Ramakrishnan is the member of the UK Youth Parliament for Sedgemoor. She said: “Taking part in Youth and Community Group Grants allocation felt incredible, as helping youth clubs with funding will really encourage communities to come together to do things for young people. Allocating funds to youth clubs in Sedgemoor felt very rewarding – being a Member of the Youth Parliament can really make a difference to young people in my area.”
Cat King, member of the Youth Parliament for South Somerset, said: “It was great to be involved in making the funding decisions because it gives us, as young people, the power to be able to actively help our communities. I am impressed by the level of volunteering within youth clubs – we know, after the cuts, how important these people are and how amazing the work they do is.”
Sam Foulder-Hughes, member of the Youth Parliament Advisory Group said of the Mendip bids “The bids from Mendip were all very exciting. Young people in Frome, Glastonbury and Wells love their youth clubs and it was fantastic that we were able to fund them. This process has been really rewarding and I’ve loved seeing everything that is going on around the county.”
For more information on Youth Services in Somerset visit: http://www.somersetyouth.co.uk/
District breakdown of grants:
Frome Youth and Community Centre was awarded £4,980 toward the delivery of youth club sessions on Wednesday evenings.
Connect Youth Club in Wells was awarded £2,440 for staffing costs to continue delivery of open-door youth club on Friday nights.
The Red Brick Building in Glastonbury was awarded £2,930 toward the costs of staffing for the Friday night club
£3,320 was given to Puriton Youth Club for one youth worker to continue a weekly youth club Wednesday evenings.
Victoria Park Community Centre, Bridgwater was allocated £2,100 toward funding two qualified youth workers to run their senior youth club.
The Youth Matters group from Castle Cary and Ansford were funded £2,000 toward the cost of the evening youth club.
Brympton Parish Council were awarded £3,620 toward the cost of a new youth club that builds on a successful pilot.
The Charltons Senior Youth Club were given £3,300 toward the costs of staffing and programme for the coming year.
Chilthorne Domer Youth Sport Club were awarded £660 to cover the cost of their rent and insurance.
Ilminster Youth Club were awarded £4,390 towards staffing and programme costs to for the Tuesday evening senior youth club.
East Coker Parish Council were awarded £3,640 for to continue a youth club, building on the 6 week trial period funded by the local council.
Wiveliscombe’s Café Random was awarded £2,500 for a weekly after-school drop-in session providing internet youth café, training opportunities for young people.
Norton Fitzwarren were awarded £2,790 to pay rent, outdoor sports equipment and some funding toward programme costs.
Carhampton Youth Club were awarded £3,250 to pay toward youth workers for a weekly youth club.
Watchet Youth Club were awarded £4,960 toward continuing their youth club for two nights a week.
Luxborough Youth Club were awarded £1,400 toward the cost of staffing