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New Youth Club for Monk Fryston

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12:52pm 15th May 2013

Western Area Community Engagement Forum and Monk Fryston and Hillam Community Association have agreed to start a groundbreaking project which, when complete, will transform village facilities and activities for children and young people.

The two organisations will jointly develop a new Youth Club, re launch the village Scout Group and  expand the existing, volunteer run Community Centre. The extension will provide much needed extra space and places in the existing Before and After School Club which is currently at full capacity.

The project began last summer when Hillam Parish Councillor Duncan Lorriman’s requested the Community Association to do something for village youngsters.

CA Chair, Ray Newton, become aware of CEF Chair Andy Pound’s commitment to increase services for children and young people. Andy announced that the CEF were looking for proposals to be included in the future Western Area Development Plan.

The CEF will share its expertise in planning, fund raising and youth organisation development whilst the Community Association is providing the volunteers to make things happen.

Already, within 3 months, real progress is being made;

  • Western CEF has committed a £20,000 grant to be used as match funding seed money. 
  • plans to develop the Community Centre have  been submitted for approval
  • questionnaires delivered to every household and young person in Hillam and Monk Fryston to provide evidence of needs and support Grant applications
  • meetings held with North Yorkshire Youth and North Yorkshire Scouts to understand what needs to be done to set up the Groups.
  • volunteers have come forward to get the Youth groups off the ground

CA Chair Ray Newton says “We approached the CEF with a need, a small plan, and a hope that we could provide activities for our youngsters. The CEF has listened and is assisting us to turn our hopes into reality. The Grant is a big step for the CEF but it’s even bigger for us, it means we can make a real difference to the lives of youngsters and parents in our village - creating a lasting legacy.”

CEF Chair Andy Pound stated “A primary aim of the CEF is to empower local people to make a difference to the area they live in. The CA project is a prime example of how the CEF can support a local organisation both with Funds and expertise and enable it to bring forward an ambitious project. I hope that it is the first of many such projects the CEF can assist with”.

Police Inspector Richard Abbott, CEF Board Member and Selby rural police team stated “This is a fantastic opportunity for the community.  It’s a project which will bring the community together and provide diversionary activities for the young, reducing crime and anti social behaviour.”

CEF Board Member and Monk Fryston Selby District Councillor John Mackman stated "Given the opportunity provided by the Western CEF Board to bring forward ambitious community led projects I am delighted that the Community Association rose to the challenge and "grasped the nettle" with an exciting plan to transform our village facilities and develop youth activities. I wish the CA Project every success and look forward to completion of the facilities and launch of the youth programme"

For more information please contact Ray Newton on 01977 682084 or 07706 795334 or John Leslie on 01977 682334 or 07881 555175

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