Youth council hands out £6,000 plus to community groups

From left to right, Liz Powch, Oli Fawcett, Cllr Jeremy Birch, Jasmine Sage, Heidi Tambeh
From left to right, Liz Powch, Oli Fawcett, Cllr Jeremy Birch, Jasmine Sage, Heidi Tambeh

COMMUNITY groups across town are sharing more than £6,000 worth of cash, thanks to Hastings Youth Council.

Members of the council received more than 20 applications in a bid to get money, with eight groups being successful.

A total of £6,300 has been handed out and some of the groups to benefit included Hastings Young Carers’ Group, Gizmo, Xtrax and Girls Gettin Active, which is supported by Active Hastings.

Thanks to the successful bid submitted to the youth council, the Active Hastings team were able to host an Olympic-themed event on Sunday, September 25, as part of the Girls Gettin Active programme.

Girls and young women from across Hastings were invited to Summerfield Leisure Centre to take part in the Girls Going for Gold event, offering participants free sports activities all day.

Jasmine Sage, who works for Active Hastings and also a cheerleader and coach for South East Stars, was responsible for putting the bid together and submitting it to the youth council.

She said: “I really wanted to focus on getting more girls into sport and that’s when I decided to put this bid together, aimed at achieving that.”

Liz Powch, chairman of Hastings Youth Council, and Oli Fawcett, its spokesman, attended Sunday’s event.

Oli said: “This was one of the eight successful bids which we decided to allocate money to from our Hastings Youth Cash fund. We made the decision to fund the event because we felt that the idea Jasmine submitted was something that the community needed and we thought this would be a unique event, celebrating an international event locally.”

Councillor Jeremy Birch, leader of Hastings Borough Council, was there to open the event and took the opportunity to test the tumbletrack.

He said: “I’d like to thank Jasmine in particular, whose proactive approach, motivation and selflessness enabled the event to go ahead. My thanks extend to the youth council who made the decision to allocate funding to this project. “Judging by the amount of girls and young women who turned up and by the excited looks and smiles on their faces, I’d say the event was a huge success.”

The next round for Hastings Youth Cash is expected later this year.

Oli said: “Keep an eye out on our Facebook page Hastings Youth Council. We look forward to receiving applications from those who were unsuccessful this time round and those who haven’t considered sending an application in.”