THE future of a youth project on Wearside has been secured after it was awarded almost £100,000 from the Children in Need cash pot.
A grant of £95,383 has been allocated to the Southwick Neighbourhood Youth Project (SNYP), based in Southwick Road, which aims to provide a safe environment for young people.
This means we will be able to continue all the afternoon and evening youth work we do for the next three years.Ruth Oxley, project co-ordinator
The grant will be used to deliver weekly groups and activities for between 70 and 80 children and young people, as holiday time trips, to increase personal skills and raise aspirations.
The independent organisation was set up in 1979 before moving to larger premises in 1985.
Ruth Oxley, project co-ordinator, told the Echo: “This means we will be able to continue all the afternoon and evening youth work we do for the next three years.
“We had a grant from Children in Need that was coming to an end, so there have been a lot of sleepless nights recently.
“But now that this latest money has been confirmed there will be no break in the service for the young people.
“We’ll be able to keep going.”
SNYP, which has nine staff on the books, is a vital part of the Southwick area, helping to keep youngsters off the streets and out of trouble.
“There are about 70 to 80 young people using SNYP at the moment in one way or another,” added Ruth.
“As well as the activities we also offer employment support advice to get people into work.”
SNYP is not the only youth scheme in the city to benefit from the cash.
• Pennywell Neighbourhood Centre will receive £9,364 to offer youth-led activities addressing deprivation in the area.
• North East Dance Community Interest Company (CIC) will receive £7,248 to run dance activity groups, with the aim of creating youth leaders.
• And £9,962 will go to Ford, Pallion and Millfield Community Development Project to provide outdoor activity sessions for young people.
• £6,300 will go to the Dare North East CIC to deliver gymnastics training.