A project which has been working over the last two years to improve the number of holiday activities for young people in east Suffolk has won at this year’s Community Action Suffolk Awards, and there is more funding available for future projects
The Youth Holidays Activity Fund won the Anne Dunford OBE Award, which recognises youth participation, where children and young people aged 11 to 19 (or up to 25 with disabilities/additional needs) were actively engaged in the set up and running of a project or venture.
The East Suffolk Partnership has provided £50,000 in funding to support the initiative which is being led by young people, with support from the district and county councils until 2018.
The scheme was heralded for its leadership by young people who are represented on the ESP board and make final decisions on successful applications, giving them project management experience. The project’s work with the East Suffolk Youth Priority Action Group (ESYPAG) was also commended for addressing the priority issue – lack of free, non-sport activities for young people 11-18 during the school holidays in east Suffolk.
Since the start of the scheme, 28 different projects and activities have been commissioned over the three funding rounds worth over £33,000.
Projects previously funded have included:
The Access Community Trust who hosted a series of Pizza making events within the Lowestoft community, from the premises of Sam’s Coffee House, that centred around preventing rumbling tummies, increasing food and cookery based knowledge as well as acting as a catalyst for youth led engagement and the making of new friends.
Suffolk Positive Futures and Waveney District Council who delivered their joint Summer Beach Sports Project in 2016 offering young people aged 9-16 free activities during the School holidays, on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon for 10 dates.
The B&B Theatre Company who staged Les Miserables (school edition) at the Players theatre in Lowestoft, drawing a cast of 48 young people from a diverse range of backgrounds across Waveney and further afield. This provided them with a high quality opportunity to develop their interests and skills in the performing arts.
The deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 1 December 2017.
To find out more and apply, visit: www.eastsuffolkpartnership.org.uk/home/major-goals/esypag