Newhaven youth groups celebrate funding

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TWO Newhaven youth groups are celebrating after being awarded funding for upcoming projects, which will also help the groups continue well into the New Year.

Maddies Drama Youth Group, which is part of Meeching Amateur Dramatics, received £1,000 for ‘Operation Splurge’ after being awarded YouthBank funding.

YouthBank is a scheme that consists of money from the Government’s Youth Opportunity Fund (YOF) and is administered by East Sussex County Council.

This means in March they can perform Bugsy Malone, a movie where all the gangsters are children, and use splurge guns as one of their props, which cover the victim in cream.

Youth worker Dan Chandler said: “Receiving this grant has been a huge relief to the young people as we were uncertain we would be able to continue in the New Year.”

Cllr Carla Butler added: “The young people involved worked very hard on their application. I’m really pleased that the good work by the organisers and young people will be able to continue, especially in these hard times.”

Meanwhile, Rock Solid Youth Club in Newhaven received a grant of £450 for arts and craft materials, prizes for a talent show, a Christmas disco and new equipment.

The grant will be used at the youth club, which meets at the Eastside Social Centre, Newhaven on Thursday evenings, and at the youth drop in Chill And Chat for Tideway pupils after school on Tuesdays at the Breakout Centre.

Youth worker Sara Alexander said: “These grants are vital as they enable us to provide extra activities for the young people, giving them a varied programme. We have already held the talent show and it was a fun evening.”

If you are aged between 11 and 17 and want to join Maddies drop in to a meeting on Wednesdays or Fridays from 6.30pm to 9pm.