Young people in Heathfield to benefit fro funding boost

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A PROJECT to help young jobless people in Heathfield has been given a funding boost by East Sussex County Council.

Heathfield Works! is a community based programme providing training, community projects, job search and personal development for 16-24 year olds. The project is being developed by the national employment charity, Tomorrow’s People. Tomorrow’s People will receive £19k for the Heathfield Works! initiative from a £100k Community Bond set up by the council.

Cllr Carl Maynard, Lead Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: “We are very pleased to support this project. Youth unemployment levels are of real concern and this type of project can only help to boost employment locally and help our economy.”

Baroness Stedman-Scott from Tomorrow’s People, said: “While news coverage has been very preoccupied with the problem of disengaged young people in cities, there has been little mention of the same issues existing in rural areas like Heathfield. Tomorrow’s People is therefore delighted to be given the opportunity to support the young people.”

The full cost of the programme for one year is just under £107,000. The rest of the funding will be raised from Tommorrow’s People own resources, local donors and trusts and foundations.