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Holt Youth Project application for £20,000 grant to get youngsters into work or education

15:28 09 April 2014

Fifteen-year-old Morgan Page working on a creative writing project with Holt Youth Project founder Julie Alford. Photo: Karen Bethell. Photo: Karen Bethell

Fifteen-year-old Morgan Page working on a creative writing project with Holt Youth Project founder Julie Alford. Photo: Karen Bethell. Photo: Karen Bethell

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A community project which trains young people for work looks set to receive a £20,000 funding boost from North Norfolk District Council.

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Holt Youth Project based at Old Station Way has applied for the money which, if approved by cabinet on Monday, would come out of the authority’s North Norfolk Enabling Fund.

The £20,000 would go towards the project’s £67,000 Achieving Confidence Training (ACT) programme, which would run from this month to March next year.

It supports between 15-20 people aged from 13 and 19 who are lacking in confidence and sometimes “vulnerable and hard to reach”.

These young people are not in education, employment or training and achieve qualifications to get them into work or courses, from trained staff.

The council report said: “The charity is facing increasing demand within the current year for ACT services in the north Norfolk area and the capacity to meet this demand with the level of local resources required is currently not available.”

Holt Youth Project, formed in 2004, also needs the funding as evidence for a five-year grant award from the Reaching Communities Lottery Fund. A £400,000 Lottery fund granted in 2010 runs out this year.

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