Almost £1.7m announced to involve young people in east of England’s heritage
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Almost £1.7m of lottery funding will be spent on inspiring young people to get involved with the region's heritage.
The Heritage Lottery Fund's (HLF) Kick the Dust programme has awarded £776,500 to the Norfolk Journeys project, a partnership between YMCA Norfolk, Great Yarmouth-based Creative Collisions and Norfolk Museums Service.
Taking place at sites across the county, including the Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse and Norwich Castle, the scheme will enable almost 8,000 11 to 25-year-olds to have a hand in shaping the area's heritage.
Meanwhile, Groundwork UK, which has a hub in the east of England, has been awarded £919,200 for its Future Proof Parks project, which aims to boost the accessibility of green space for young people.
Tim Sweeting, chief executive of YMCA Norfolk, said: 'It is wonderful that HLF is funding partnerships including youth organisations like YMCA in order to engage non-traditional groups, because we believe all young people deserve the opportunity to be inspired by heritage.'
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Young people can sign up to the Norfolk Journeys project as either a player - taking part in events, volunteering opportunities and work experience - a shaper - providing social media content and exhibitions - or a leader - taking on a work placement and leading projects.
Hannah Keddie, HLF's heritage ambassador for East Anglia, said: 'It has been an amazing experience learning how grants are awarded, and helping HLF to allocate £10m to projects involving more young people in heritage.
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'I'm really pleased that Norfolk Journeys has won funding, as we found its plans to involve young people in museum work and provide them with archaeological experience especially appealing.
'Making Norfolk's heritage easier to access and participate in for more people my age is really important to me and the other ambassadors, and I'm looking forward to seeing how the project progresses in the future.'
John Ward, chairman of Norfolk Joint Museums Committee, said the Norfolk Journeys project would allow 'young people to create their own individual journeys into active engagement with Norfolk's heritage'.
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