MEMBERS of a Dearne Valley youth group can look forward to the new year with renewed hope after landing funding for another 12 months of activities.
Brampton Junior Youth Club has been granted £4,000 by UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE) and AESSEAL to keep going throughout 2018.
The club, which has members aged from eight to 11, was founded in 2005 at Cortonwood Comeback Centre and runs weekly sessions, trips, activities and a holiday activity scheme.
Group leader Denise Lelliot said: “We are delighted to have secured this funding from UKSE and AESSEAL, preserving the provision of our youth club for a further 12 months.
“Brampton is amongst the top 14 per cent most deprived areas nationwide, with the most severe form of deprivation manifesting itself in education, leading to low attainment and qualification levels.
“Our services allow some of the most socially excluded and disadvantaged young people to be engaged in the local community, as we continue to present them with the opportunity to gain knowledge, skills and understanding of society.”
Alongside its fun sessions, the club operates an “early intervention” approach to reduce the risk of children going off the rails.
The £4,000 grant is from the UKSE and AESSEAL charitable funds managed by the South Yorkshire Community Fund (SYCF).
Keith Williams, regional manager at UKSE, said: “Youth clubs play an important role in the community, particularly in deprived areas.
“As well as promoting mental and physical wellbeing, Brampton Junior Youth Club provides a safe haven and an environment which encourages the development of social skills and self-esteem, crucial for the future development of the children.”