Funding is just the job for teen initiative

MP Ronnie Campbell.
MP Ronnie Campbell.

Blyth’s Silx Teen Bar is hoping to help even more youngsters find work after landing a handout from NatWest’s skills and opportunity fund.

The Church Street bar works with young people aged 11 to 25 in the most disadvantaged council ward in Northumberland in a bid to deter them from engaging in alcohol or substance misuse or anti-social activities.

Instead, it offers them the chance to participate in more constructive leisure activities and also provides help in finding jobs.

The NatWest funding will help pay for an employability project intended to benefit 350 young people not in education, employment or training.

Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell said: “I am pleased to congratulate Silx Teen Bar on being the first recipient of NatWest’s new round of skills and opportunity fund grants.”

For more details, visit www.skillsandopportunitiesfund.