A LIFE-LINE community project is celebrating after receiving a £137,400 cash injection.
The Jubilee Centre in Farringdon has secured itself the money to enable it to continue serving the community until 2014.
Jemma Amer, centre manager, said: “This is great news because it’s such a tough environment economically.
“It’s such a nightmare at the moment for most small organisations because so much of the funding has dried up.
“To be in the lucky situation to secure this money shows how successful the delivery of our project is and how important it is to keep the services we provide to the community.”
The centre received a total of £82,435 from the coalfields Regeneration Trust to support its JobStart Mentoring programme - an employment project to support people aged over 19 to move into work and improve their skills.
The project has already helped about 350 young people since launching almost three years ago, with more than 200 going on to find jobs.
Jemma said: “The project has been an amazing success and I think this is down to the fact that it’s not mandatory and is carried out in a very laid back atmosphere where people feel comfortable.
“As well as trying to find them work and helping to make them employable, it’s also about boosting confidence and making sure there is that commitment there so people stay in the jobs they get.
On top of the funding, the Jubilee Centre also secured a £45,000 grant from Greggs.
They will receive £15,000 a year for the next three years to help pay for the centre’s running costs and delivery of its many programmes.
“This is to support the project as a whole and has proved vital,” Jemma said.
“It means we can still run projects around health and general community development, which is great.
“It is a tough time all round and it’s not just a case of if we can’t find the funding now we can close and re-open later because it takes time to get projects like these to be successful.”