Support for local youth groups

Hastings Interfaith Forum Hastings Youth Awards 2013
Hastings Interfaith Forum Hastings Youth Awards 2013

A NETWORK for youth organisations has been supporting Hastings and St Leonards youth groups through a small grants scheme after receiving funding from East Sussex County Council.

SPARK, which provides access to training, funding, and information on running a youth group, aims to help organisations with providing activities and equipment and running costs through its grant scheme,

Shar Brown, of Hastings District Woodcraft Folk, said: “We’re using our grant to produce a short digital film showing what young people can do outdoors in all weathers and environments.”

JC McFee, of Respond Academy, said: “The money will help us to stay open and allow young people to continue to make new friends, and learn new skills working on the projects and events they have chosen to do for their long-term benefit.” The grant has also allowed the Hastings and District Interfaith Forum to run their Hastings Youth Awards event which will take place on November 16 at Sussex Coast College.

Other examples of how the scheme has helped local youth organisations include a film project about becoming a young mother, developed by the The Craftimation Factory and the establishment of a new junior training session by the South Coast Inline Hockey Club.

SPARK is holding a network meeting, which includes refreshments and an interactive workshop, next Wednesday (June 25) from 5-7pm at Sussex Coast College.

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