Coalfields funding for young adults

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An organisation that works with marginalised young people in the Blyth area is celebrating after getting more than £9,000 in funding.

People and Drugs was given £9,464 from the Coalfields Community Investment Programme, run by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.

The group provides people aged 11 to 26 with educational and recreational activities.

The money will be used for the organisation’s Silx Employability Project aimed at meeting the needs of hard to reach and marginalised young adults.

A team of four qualified youth workers will deliver weekly employability sessions, helping with employment, training, further education and gaining qualifications.

Young adults will be able to take part in workshops on CVs, covering letters and application forms, get help with interview preparation and advice on benefits, housing debt and health. Each participant will receive an action plan tailored to their needs.

Chris Antony, trustee of People and Drugs, said: “The funding received from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust means that young people in the local area who aren’t in employment, education or training can access the support and advice they need on the issues preventing them from entering into employment.

“Young people are some of the hardest to reach, but by running the employability project and an outreach campaign alongside means we can engage with them, helping them to truly transform their lives.”