HideOut Youth Zone celebrates after receiving £9,979 from The National Lottery Community Fund’s Million Hours Fund to support new Senior Club initiatives.

On Monday 31st July, it was announced that HideOut Youth Zone was to receive a £9,979 grant from The National Lottery Community Fund.

The grant was awarded to support two new initiatives set to launch at the Youth Zone to support Senior Club members (young people aged 13-19 and up to 25 with additional needs).

The first initiative is the launch of HideOut’s ‘FLIGHT Club’ which is see targeted 1-to-1 support offered weekly (Friday 4PM-6PM). The session will focus on wellbeing; staying safe; healthy relationships; identity & belonging and skill development. HideOut will help young people to gain AQA accreditations and support them to engage in other positive activities that support the transition to adulthood.

The second initiative is the creation of additional holiday activities which will offer a mixture of centre-based activities and access to educational and recreational experiences during the school holiday periods.

A report by Barnardo’s in June found that 26% of parents said they can’t afford childcare or holiday clubs this summer, and 21% can’t afford time off work to look after their children.

The National Lottery Community Fund awards money raised by National Lottery players to communities across the UK, working with local groups and UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to thrive.

Emma Corrigan, England Director at The National Lottery Community Fund, said:

“Thanks to National Lottery players and the hard work and dedication of local groups and projects, this funding will make a big difference to people’s lives. The quality of applications we receive speaks volumes of the care and ingenuity of local people – we’re delighted that our grants are being used to support great projects that strengthen communities and improve lives across the country in many ways.”

Senior Club Coordinator, Taylor Latham, said: “We’re so pleased to have been awarded this grant from The National Lottery Community Fund. Our Senior Club programme is a vital part of the Youth Zone and supports young people through one of the most pivotal part of their development. We want to make sure they have access to the best support available through these two new initiatives and we’re excited to get started!”

Flight Club is currently at full capacity. However, if you are interested in having a place, please email Taylor who will put you on the reserves list for the next cohort: taylor.latham@hideoutyouthzone.org

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