£35,000 boost for youth clubs in Somerset

Over a dozen Somerset youth clubs have been boosted with grant funding from Somerset County Council.

14 youth clubs from across the County will receive a share of £35,000 to help run popular sessions for young people.

The County Council grants are matched by over £81,000 in locally raised funding and hundreds of hours in volunteers’ time – all for the benefit of Somerset’s young people.

Cllr Frances Nicholson, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “I am pleased that we have been able to support our communities with these grants, which are a top-up to the funds they have already worked hard to raise locally.

“Many of these projects are heavily reliant on the generosity and dedication of volunteers. I’d like to thank them for everything they do, and I hope the grant funding helps ensure these projects continue benefiting the young people of Somerset in the future.”

Each of the projects bid for the grants and met certain criteria. Each application was assessed by a grant panel against the criteria and the value for money offered by the proposal. More information and application forms can be accessed at: www.somersetyouth.co.uk/club_pages/youth_and_community_group_grants/9/144

The clubs and projects that will benefit from these grants are listed below by district area:

• Wells Connect Youth were given £3,500 towards the running costs of the Friday youth club
• Routes Young People’s Café in Frome were given £3,500 towards the staffing costs of the café, which runs daily, Monday to Friday
• £2,745 was awarded to the Red Brick Building in Glastonbury towards the costs of running it’s Friday night youth cafe

• £3,484 was given to Burnham and Highbridge Town Council towards staffing costs to continue their weekly youth club, which takes place after school on Tuesdays at the BAY Club.
• Puriton Parish Council was allocated £3,500 toward funding youth workers to run the youth club on Wednesday nights.
• Woolavington Rural Activities Project was awarded £1,850 towards refurbishing a youth room at the Village Hall for the FLARE youth club

South Somerset
• Extreme Youth Club in Curry Rivel was awarded £3,500 towards the cost of employing a youth worker for their Wednesday Youth Club
• Chilthorne Domer Youth and Sports Club was awarded £862 for their premises and insurance costs for their volunteer-run youth club
• South Petherton Youth Club was awarded £526 for their refuse collection

Taunton Deane
• £3,500 was awarded to EVENT Youth Club at Cotford St Luke, to employ a youth worker for their Friday evening youth club
• Blackdown Youth Club was awarded £880 towards management, programme, premises and insurance costs for their volunteer-run Thursday evening club

West Somerset
• Watchet Parish Council was awarded £3,500 for youth workers at their youth club on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
• £3,500 was awarded to the Carhampton Youth Club Committee for staffing to continue their Thursday evening club.