Successful end to £31,000 Big Lottery Young People’s Fund project

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A £31,000 project at Scunthorpe’s Westcliff Drop In and Barton’s Youth Centre, funded by the Big Lottery’s Young People’s Fund, has just ended.

According to organiser Janine Knight, of the Barton based young people’s arts charity ST-ART which oversaw the project, the two year scheme has been a huge success and achieved really positive results with the young people involved.

“Westcliff went on to produce a music video in their second year of the project, which included creating their own music track, learning a dance routine and filming in different locations around the estate,” she explained.

“Barton has done very well to complete the project in the allotted time as for some of the time they were operating from a temporary venue.  The young people at the centre worked really hard to complete two textile wall hangings, a music project and a community lantern parade which included building all the lanterns from scratch,” Janine went on.

Janine added that at Westliff during the final year of the project all the young people involved showed a real commitment returning week after week to make the music track, learn the dance routine and film a music video with help and guidance from various professional artists.

“The young people at Barton Youth Centre started off the second year behind schedule due to problems encountered with the venue in the first year of the project,” Janine added.

“They worked hard to get the project back on track with support from the youth workers.  All the young people involved have really benefited from this project and show increased confidence and skills through taking part in workshops they would otherwise not have access to.”

“They now have the confidence to approach youth centre staff with their ideas and know that they will be listened to while the staff now also have a better understanding of the things that are important to the young people,” Janine continued.

The grant was awarded to ST-ART to enable young people in both Westcliff and Barton’s youth centres take part in the two year Living and Growing Project with the aim of promoting themselves within their local communities.

The project was aimed at young people aged between 10 and 18 years of age living in the two areas of North Lincolnshire and gave them the opportunity of showing the community in which they live that those who cause anti-social problems are a very small minority.

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