Lottery funding for Xtrax youth centre

Fundraising for Xtrax
Fundraising for Xtrax

XTRAX has received a grant of just under £300,000 for a pioneering new education programme, which coincides with the launch of a fundraising push to ensure the youth centre remains open.

The money from The Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme, will be used to run 15-week residential courses for young people not in employment, education, or training (NEET), young carers, young parents, or those with mental health issues.

The courses, which aim to build confidence and life skills, will include art, creative writing, cooking, and exercise.

Xtrax project manager Andrew Batsford said: “This Grant will see ‘skillxtrax’ offering a unique chance for young people to really understand themselves and shape their futures in a positive and grounded way.

“It underscores the real need for Xtrax young people’s centre to remain open, so exciting projects like this can flourish.”

As part of the project, drop-in sessions will be delivered three times a week by tutors so they can establish relationships with the young people and assess whether they need further support.

Participants will also have the chance to work alongside the tutors as peer mentors to other young people on the course.

The Xtrax Big Week (November 21 to 27) is relying on the support of the community to raise £50,000 towards the running costs of the centre.

As well as making a donation, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.

On Wednesday, November 23, Bar Moda, in Queens Road, is hosting a silent auction from 7pm to 10pm, with all proceeds to go to the youth centre.

Then next Saturday (November 26), two town centre coffee houses are getting on board with a day-long challenge.

The idea of the ‘Coffee House Wars’ is that 10 customers of Costa and Caffe Nero will be set the challenge of capturing a flag from the rival coffee house.

For the latest Big Week news, follow Xtrax on Twitter @XtraxTheBigWeek, search for ‘Xtrax BigWeek’ on Facebook, call 01424 722524, or email