Cash boost for youth groups

Jordan Butterworth, Anna Morgan and Andrew Swift are helping put together a film about volunteering in Wyre.

Jordan Butterworth, Anna Morgan and Andrew Swift are helping put together a film about volunteering in Wyre.

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YOUTH groups across Wyre and Fylde are celebrating after being handed thousands of pounds to boost their services.

Lancashire County Council has awarded more than £4,000 to four groups to fund courses in first aid, to purchase state-of-the-art equipment and to run an urban art project.

One of the groups, The Youth Action Team (YAT) from Ur Potential Fylde Coast Be Involved, was given £921 to purchase filming and editing equipment.

The team, many of who volunteer with Barnardo’s, youth clubs and on Wyre Youth Council, hope to produce a DVD to highlight opportunities to young people through volunteering.

Nina Beavers, Wyre field worker for YAT, said: “It’s something the young people want to do to help increase young people in volunteering.

“They’ll be going out talking to volunteers about the benefits and interviewing organisations about the opportunities they have available.”

Fylde Air Cadets used their £800 allocation to run a two-day practical first aid course.

The group, based in Poulton, had first aid instructors from the Red Cross to run the course.

And a St Annes skate park is set to be done up thanks to £1,850 awarded to Urban Street Crew Uthink CIC.

Their funding was used to run Graffiti Art workshops during the recent half-term.

Youngsters from Kickstart to Recovery, a charity based in Wyre and Preston, are putting their £656 and mechanical skills to good use, by stripping old mopeds and doing them up to be sent to African countries.

A total of £4,227 was given to the groups, as part of a £40,000 pot of cash from County Hall.

County Coun Mark Perks, cabinet member for young people, said: “Once again, I am reminded of the dedication and commitment volunteers show day in, day out. They work tirelessly with young people to help them to develop their hobbies and explore new interests.”

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