Youth group grant for almost £300k

An organisation that helps youngsters with recreational and educational projects and activities, has received a grant of almost £300,000.

Trustees, workers and young people at Silx Teen Bar in Blyth are celebrating after being awarded £298,719 from the Reaching Communities Big Lottery Fund.

The funds will be used over the next five years to enable the organisation to continue to provide evening centre-based youth projects, activities and positive interventions for the young people of Blyth.

The cash will also be used to expand and develop evening and daytime provision relating to providing employability support to young people, and develop street-based youth initiatives within south east Northumberland.

Chairman Nigel Voules said: “The organisation and Blyth should be very grateful to the Reaching Communities Big Lottery Award, as it allows us to continue and expand our provision based on the needs of the young people of Blyth.”

Senior youth worker Jackie Long added: “This is fantastic news for the young people of Blyth.

“We are absolutely delighted with the award and very grateful for the five years of financial support.”

Silx Teen Bar current opens Monday to Thursday from 5pm to 8pm for young people aged 11 to 19-years-old, and from noon to 3pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for young people aged 16 to 25 providing support on issues of employability.

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