Young people in Plymouth to benefit from over £320,000
Published by Louise Manico for Plymouth Community Homes in Communities and also in Education, Environment, Health, Local Government
Community event with daffodils
Over £320,000 has been awarded to a project which will help young people in Plymouth.
The Big Lottery’s Reaching Community fund has awarded the money to the SPACE SHOT youth project, which is supported by organisations in Plymouth including Plymouth Community Homes.
Over three years, £327,670 will be used to give 11-19 year olds in the Ernesettle area of the city the chance to improve their health, lifestyle and to get involved in community events. There will be three professionally run youth sessions a week, plus a range of activities led by experts including film making, dance, water sports, street sports and art.
It’s hoped the work will reduce levels of anti-social behaviour and increase levels of confidence and community engagement among young people in the area. These were things people in Ernesettle asked for when Plymouth Community Homes asked.
The project will be based at the SPACE Centre in Ernesettle, which was set up by SPACE using buildings which belong to PCH. The buildings had been left empty for a while and have been brought back into use to help provide services to the community.
SPACE is the Strategic Partnership Assisting the Community in Ernesettle, whose members are Plymouth Community Homes, Plymouth YMCA, Plymouth City Council Youth Service and Barefoot.
The project will also work with other local organisations like schools, churches and the NHS to find young people who are less likely to come forward – it’s estimated there are around 600 young people aged between 11 and 25 on the Ernesettle estate.
Plymouth Community Homes Communities Worker Leigh Ferguson says: “Local residents have been telling us that the area needs more services and particularly more activities for young people, so it’s great to be a part of the SPACE partnership and the SPACE SHOT project. The partnership will be able to provide what residents want and we’re looking forward to seeing how things progress from here.”
Barefoot Director Richard Marsh says: “Thanks to this Big Lottery Reaching Communities grant we will be able to take opportunities for young people in Ernesettle to a new level. With our SPACE partners we’ve worked hard to maintain a small pilot youth project for the past 12 months, but SPACE SHOT is what’s really needed and it’s what the young people and community of Ernesettle deserve.”