Funding boost for gold award participants from Cramlington

Dozens of young people in Cramlington are going for gold thanks to a four-figure grant from the Newcastle Building Society branch in the town.

Monday, 16th September 2019, 12:43 pm
Updated Tuesday, 24th September 2019, 7:30 pm
Some of the participants and Claire Gascoigne, front second from left.

Around 40 members of the Cramlington Voluntary Youth Project (CVYP) are starting work towards their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award this year.

This process will take up to 18 months and involves completing a range of community service, skills development and outdoor adventure assignments.

The long-standing charity is a licensed provider for the scheme and provides support and equipment that makes it as accessible as possible to all of its young members.

It has been awarded a £2,980 grant via Newcastle Building Society's Craster Court branch to enable it to buy a range of outdoor equipment – including waterproof trousers, jackets and rucksacks.

The money will also help cover the accommodation, campsite and enrolment costs associated with taking part in the scheme, as well as some of the costs incurred by CVYP volunteers.

Claire Gascoigne, CVYP youth development co-ordinator, said: “A large proportion of our young members come from disadvantaged backgrounds, can be young carers or refugees, part of low-income families or have other additional needs.

“We try to make the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards scheme accessible to as many of them as we can and so the building society’s support will have a long-lasting positive impact on the lives of our participants.”