Activity scheme receives grant in Hailsham

Hailsham high street
Hailsham high street

An activity scheme aimed at providing young people in Hailsham with organised outings on Friday evenings has received a cash boost of £3,108.

The grant from the Safer Wealden Partnership’s Joint Action Group fund was given to the town’s Friday Night Project (FNP) after the town council’s youth project made a bid. It will be used to subsidise young people taking part in activities.

Andy Joyes, youth project coordinator and FNP organiser, said: “We are delighted to receive funding from the Joint Action Group and extremely grateful to them for generously supporting the important youth scheme. The Friday Night Project provides an incredibly valuable service to young people in the local community. This funding will enable us to continue a wide range of activities to young people this year.”

Richard Grocock, joint Oversight Councillor for Youth Projects at Hailsham Town Council, said: “So far the Friday Night Project has been very successful in giving young people opportunities to keep busy, make new friends, reduce boredom and anti-social behaviour and have fun with the wide range of activities on offer.

“Now that additional funding has been received, programmes for the rest of 2014 can be arranged, enabling the scheme to run until March 2015 at least. This is a welcome boost to the young people of Hailsham and the local community at large.

“As well as thanking the Safer Wealden Partnership for their funding towards FNP activities over the past few years, I’d like to thank the Square Youth Café, Targeted Youth Support, Hailsham Community College and other project partners for all the hard work put into supporting these outings.”

Hailsham Town Council has provided additional funding for the Friday Night Project.

A variety of activities for young people are planned including windsurfing, sailing, ten-pin bowling, snowboarding and ice skating.

All young people in Hailsham and surrounding areas aged 11 to 17 are welcome. Contact Andy on 01323 841702.