Sidmouth Town Council has received £4,618 of funding for centre
Sidmouth Youth Centre has gained £4,618 worth of useful equipment thanks to Sidmouth Town Council applying on their behalf for Parishes Together Funding from East Devon District Council and Devon County Council.
In 2014, Sidmouth Youth Centre was closed by Devon County Council but was then re-opened when Sidmouth Town Council stepped in to own and manage it in partnership with Young Devon. When it re-opened, young people attending the centre were keen to replace some of the equipment and wanted to offer more of a variety of sessions. The funding has paid for a projector and screen to help run a film club, arts and crafts supplies, bicycle repair equipment, laptops, other computer equipment and more.
Designed to provide financial solutions to local issues, the Parishes Together Fund is a joint East Devon District Council and Devon County Council initiative in which £1.10 per elector in each parish - £1 from Devon County Council and 10p from EDDC - is put into a central pot. Parish and town councils can then work together to apply for funding towards community projects.
Ben Feasey, Young Devon Youth work coordinator for Sidmouth Youth Centre, said:
This money has really helped set the centre up again after the closure. We have used the money to create new activities and sessions to really help our young people access fun and interactive provision. These things allow young people to develop better relationships with our workers which in turn creates a person that they can turn to in times of need.
Chairman of the Parishes Together Fund decision making panel, Councillor Phil Twiss said:
Sidmouth Youth Centre is a very important facility for the town, helping give young people the skills and confidence that they need. We were happy to help provide the youth centre with equipment that really benefits the young people, with support from our funding partners at Devon County Council. I urge all of our town and parish councils to make use of their available funding.
The Chairman of Sidmouth Town Council, Councillor Ian McKenzie-Edwards added:
Supporting our young people has always been a cornerstone of Sidmouth Town Council policy and I am pleased that this valuable funding is supporting our partnership with Young Devon in providing a place for younger people to learn and relax.
Devon County Council Cabinet member and member for Sidmouth Councillor Stuart Hughes said:
It’s great to see the Town and Parishes Together Fund being used to help support young people in Sidmouth. The fund encourages local communities to identify projects that will make a positive difference to their local area, and we’re encouraging everyone to make use of the money still available.
Just seven of East Devon’s town and parish councils have so far applied to the Parishes Together Fund this financial year. Applications have to come from town and parish councils, but voluntary and community groups, schools and other organisations can also put their ideas forward to their town or parish council. You can find out more about the fund online.