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Youth projects vie for 'chill-out' cash
Buy this photo » Blackbird Leys Adventure Park is recommended to receive £1,965 of the £4,000 it requested to replace equipment
THOUSANDS of pounds in community funding could be dished out to groups helping young people across the county.
A total of seven organisations have applied for payouts totalling £23,148 from the county council’s “chill-out fund”, which supports groups providing services and activities for young people.
Cabinet member for the voluntary sector Hilary Hibbert-Biles has been urged to support bids for cash for six of the groups, totalling £7,870.
Among the bidders is Woodstock Youth Club, which has applied for £5,000 for new equipment for the centre. Officers have recommended the club receives £1,000.
Kami Parnes, a member of the club’s fundraising committee, said: “We will be pleased to get anything to help the youth club.
“We want to replace a lot of the equipment because it’s getting very worn out and a lot of things have been broken, like the scooters and the roller-skates.”
Officers have also recommended that Cottsway Youth Forum is granted the full £500 it asked for to provide a trip to Thorpe Park, and that Blackbird Leys Adventure Playground receives £1,965 of £4,000 it requested to replace equipment.
Asylum Welcome asked for £4,268 towards the running of a youth club for young asylum seekers, and officers have recommended the group gets £1,290, while supporting Didcot TRAIN’s bid for £1,250 to pay for trips for young people.
Mrs Biles has also been urged to give the charity Innovista £1,865 after it applied for £3,130 towards its Thrive young achievers’ dinner.
Innovista communications and development manager Robin Peake said: “We want to use this money to help young people from Barton understand the huge amount of potential they have.
“Chill-out funding will mean we can take young people from the estate and teach them how to make their own food, helping them to work in a team and learn new skills. At the end of the project, they’ll show off these skills to 150 guests at a dinner put on by the young people. It’s a great way for us to celebrate their successes, for the young people to realise how much they’ve achieved, and how much more they’re capable of.”
Witney Town Council’s bid for £5,000 towards a new play area has been deferred until the outcome of another bid for funding is known.
The chill-out fund is given out every month and funding amounts to £100,000 a year.
- Cabinet member for the voluntary sector Hilary Hibbert-Biles will meet officers to make her decision on Wednesday at County Hall from 10am.
Cottsway Youth Forum Amount requested: £500. Amount recommended: £500
Witney Town Council Amount requested: £5,000. Amount recommended:£0
Leys Adventure Playground Amount requested:£4,000. Amount recommended: £1,965
Asylum Welcome Amount requested: £4,268. Amount recommended: £1,290
Didcot TRAIN Amount requested: £1,250. Amount recommended: £1,250
Innovista Thrive project Amount requested: £3,130. Amount recommended: £1,865
Woodstock Youth Centre Amount requested: £5,000. Amount recommended: £1,000
TOTAL Amount requested: £23,148. Amount recommended: £7,870
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