A YOUTH club which has been commended for improving hundreds of young lives is set to get bigger and better.
The Boathouse Youth, based on Lytham Road, South Shore, has won charitable status from the Charities Commission – making it easier for bosses to bring in more essential funding.
Operations manager Laurance Hancock said: “Hopefully it will open up a million and one funding streams and reassure the public the money we spend is being used for the right thing.
“This is the extra step we need to take because the club is now being helped by charitable organisations.
“We are hopeful more funding will be available to us which means we can think about new and innovative ways to reach out to more young people and help them.”
Since its formation in 2010, the youth club has signed up more than 400 children to take part in its activities, which range from after school clubs to two week camping trips.
Last summer the club regularly attended the Pleasure Beach and visited the Lake District for their annual holiday camp.
Coun John Jones, ward councillor for Bloomfield ward, praised the work of the Boathouse Youth.
He said: “They do a terrific job for young people and this is a tremendous boost to Bloomfield ward.
“They are working very closely with the young people in that area and building their confidence for later on in life which is really worthwhile.
“It’s a massive move in the right direction and it’s well deserved. We are going to give them our continued support and we want to work closely with them.
“Any work which is done in deprived areas such as Bloomfield ward is great and their status means they can build on it.”
The Boathouse’s trips are also funded by the Queendeans Association, the Blackpool charity set up by the late hotelier Pat Mancini.
Peter Antony, a trustee of the organisation, added: “It’s absolutely marvellous because it’s a superb scheme.
“What they do there is needed and it’s working wonders in Bloomfield ward.
“Laurance really knows his stuff and what I like about the club is we are getting to help 30 people at one time instead of an individual.”