VOLUNTEERS behind a Northumberland youth club are hoping to widen its range of activities after celebrating a major fundraising boost.
Wooler Young People’s Association has been given £90,654 by the Big Lottery Fund. The donation will secure funding for the youth group for the next five years, as well as help enhance the activities on offer to young people.
Volunteers are also hoping the cash will fund a part-time youth worker at the centre. Noel Roy, from Wooler Young People’s Association, said: “Every year we are constantly wondering where our next lot of funding will come from but the fund has allowed us to secure the future of the club for another five years.
“Staff and young people have worked hard for the village and older people have been generous, but we have found fundraising very tough in recent years. Last year we were facing partial closure.
“Now everyone will be delighted to get the recognition and support which this grant gives us. It will enable us to increase our staff, to start new activities and to reach more young people who live in isolated places.”
The group aims to support young people aged from 13 to 19. The centre provides a meeting place in the evenings and a place that offers activities and help in finding jobs.
The grant from the Big Lottery Fund has been awarded as part of its Reaching Communities programme which aims to help those most in need and build stronger communities.
James Turner, Big Lottery Fund’s Head of the North East region, said: “Today’s grant recipients show that the Reaching Communities programme continues to make a real difference to the lives of many disadvantaged people across the North East region. The region, people and services who really need it are going to benefit.”