Big financial boost for Somerset’s youth clubs

Thirteen Somerset youth clubs have shared nearly £38,000 in grants from Somerset County Council.

The grants will also be matched by over £56,000 in locally raised funding and hundreds of hours in volunteers’ time – all for the benefit of Somerset’s young people.

Cabinet member for Children and Young People, Councillor Frances Nicholson, said: “We understand the importance of helping communities sustain their own youth provision and I’m delighted that we are able to provide grant aid, which adds to money raised by and in the communities themselves. It is also very important to recognise the contribution of local volunteers for a lot of these clubs as, without these, many youth clubs would fail to thrive.”

Beneficiaries include Evercreech Youth Club, Cannington Parish Council, Martock Parish Council and Stogursey Youth Club*.

If you or someone you know has attended a youth club and experienced a volunteer working there who always goes above and beyond, why not nominate them for a Somerset Star Volunteer Award?

Nominations are welcome for individuals and volunteer groups from Tuesday 1 March until Friday 29 April 2016. You can nominate a ‘Star Volunteer’ online on the Somerset Celebrating Volunteering website at http://www.scvolunteering.com or for more information, contact your local Volunteer Centre.

* The Somerset youth clubs which will receive grants are as follows.
Please note that youth clubs in Taunton Deane did not apply for any grants during this round of funding.

Mendip
• Evercreech Youth Club was given £2,710 towards the running costs of the Thursday evening youth club.
• Coleford Youth Club was given £3,500 towards the staffing costs of the club, which runs on Thursdays.
• £1,140 was awarded to Stoke St Michael Youth Club towards the costs of running it’s Wednesday night club.
• Glastonbury Windmill Hill Youth Club received £3,500 toward the staffing costs of the Wednesday night club.
• Shepton Mallet Youth Club was also awarded £3,500 toward the staffing costs of the club, also on a Wednesday night.

Sedgemoor
• £3,500 was awarded to Cannington Parish Council towards staffing costs to continue their weekly youth club, which takes place Mondays at the village Hall.
• North Petherton Parish Council was allocated £3,500 toward funding youth workers to run the youth club on Tuesday nights.

South Somerset
• The Hamdons Youth Group was awarded £3,000 towards the cost of employing a youth worker for their youth club and outreach work in Stoke Sub Hamdon.
• Tintinhull Parish Council was awarded £885 towards a worker for their Wednesday youth club.
• £3,250 was awarded to Martock Parish Council towards the youth work costs for their youth club sessions.

West Somerset
• £3,500 was awarded to Williton Parish Council towards the cost of staffing their afterschool youth club, which runs on Tuesdays at Danesfield School.
• Minehead Eye was awarded £3,500 towards the cost of staff for the youth club at the Minehead Eye on Wednesday evenings.
• The Victory Hall Committee was awarded £3,200 towards the cost of youth workers at Stogursey Youth Club, which runs at the Victory Hall on Thursday evenings.