Cash lifeline for youth project

Sharon Stone pictured with funding provided for the service by a grant from Children in Need. Also pictured are Sidewalk workers Bruce Clark, Sarah Young, Mandy Craven, Katie Thomas, Yvonne Hill, Gemma England and Darren Grant.  121051. Picture by Dave Kettlewell.'08/03/2012
Sharon Stone pictured with funding provided for the service by a grant from Children in Need. Also pictured are Sidewalk workers Bruce Clark, Sarah Young, Mandy Craven, Katie Thomas, Yvonne Hill, Gemma England and Darren Grant. 121051. Picture by Dave Kettlewell.'08/03/2012

A SCARBOROUGH-BASED youth project which was on the verge of closing down has been thrown a financial lifeline by a leading charity.

The Sidewalk Detached Youth Project, which is based in Seamer Road, has been awarded a three-year grant from Children In Need.

Sharon Stone, the coordinator of the Christian charity, said the cash boost would help them to expand services offered to young people.

She said that news of the latest grant was particularly welcome as funding had been in short supply in the wake of Government cuts.

“Funding has been increasingly hard to find during the last year or so which has meant a lot of my time has been spent filling in applications to various funding bodies rather than delivering face-to-face youth work,” she said. “Thankfully this is beginning to pay off and we are very grateful to Pudsey.

“We have also managed to secure funding from other sources including the Cooperative Community Fund and Yorkshire Building Society.

“We are excited about the future now and are looking forward to working with Seachange when The Street youth and community centre opens later this year.”

The project works with young people , between the ages of 11 and 19, in and around Scarborough.

Mrs Stone said they offered school-based one-to-one mentoring at Graham Raincliff Federation which was a vital part of the school’s support service.

Thanks to funding received from Voice Your Choice has meant the project can continue running monthly trips for local young people which act as diversionary activities and provide them with more skills in areas such as outdoor pursuits and skateboarding.

Bruce Clark, a schools worker, said: “We go out to where young people are hanging out and offer hot chocolate, healthy snacks and a range of other resources.

“We aim to build positive relationships with them.

“It takes time to build trust – there are no short cuts in youth work.”

The group also carries out three sessions a week of detached youth work – usually every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evening.