Lotto boost for young people

Alistair Windeatt celebrates getting lotto funding for the Kingsway Community youth prtoject  todayPictured outside the youth centre which he hopes will benefit from the funding''''''''.
Alistair Windeatt celebrates getting lotto funding for the Kingsway Community youth prtoject todayPictured outside the youth centre which he hopes will benefit from the funding''''''''.

YOUNG people at a youth project in Mansfield are celebrating being given a cash boost after receiving a Lottery grant.

The Kingsway Community Project has been awarded £206,462 from the Big Lottery Fund as part of the Reaching Communities programme.

More than 400 young people aged between 13 and 24 from Forest Town East, Ravensdale, Robin Hood, Oak Tree and Portland wards are set to benefit from the funding.

The Kingsway Community Project will work closely with young people to develop the Aspire programme which will run from April to March 2014.

Director of the Kingsway Community Project Alistair Windeatt said: “We are thrilled to be working to the benefit of young people in and around Mansfield - it made our year when we were informed of our success.

“Aspire’s aim is to give young people within Mansfield the facilities they deserve and to tackle head on the disadvantageous conditions experienced by many through a life-skills programme, stronger community links, improved environment, a healthy living programme and a confidence and self-esteem project.”

The youth club in Forest Town will also be renovated and this will include roof repairs, redecoration and resurfacing as well as re-fencing the five-a-side court and pitch.

Young people who attend the Aspire programme will also be mentored so that they can take part in Saturday morning activities such as white water rafting, sailing and canoeing, archery as well as a high rope team building exercise.

Mick McGrath, who is Big Lottery Fund East Midlands Head of Region said: “The Kingsway Community Project is set to be a great way of breaking down barriers between the generations living in Mansfield.

“It looks like a fun project that will help build community spirit and togetherness between younger and older people in the local community. I wish them well.”