Thursday, June 14, 2018
More than £5,000 is being handed out to young people's groups in Fylde, Wyre and the Ribble Valley.
The funding was agreed by Lancashire County Council's cabinet at its meeting on Thursday 14 June.
Details of the grants are as follows:
• Fylde Coast Women's Aid, based in Blackpool, has received £2,000 to fund productions of a drama called Chelsea's Choice to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation. The performances will be held across Fylde and Wyre.
• Reachout.work, based in Clitheroe, is an educational provider supporting children and young people who need extra help with issues such as mental health and learning disabilities. They have received £2,000 to provide animal care and horse riding sessions.
• Wyre and District Scouts have received more than £1,800 to fund camping equipment for Duke of Edinburgh's Award expeditions.
These grants aim to help young people learn new skills, improve their confidence, and develop their independence.
County Councillor Susie Charles, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Schools, said: "These groups provide important activities for young people right in the heart of local communities.
"Fylde Coast Women's Aid's production of Chelsea's Choice is based on real life stories and aims to raise awareness of issues such as child sexual exploitation and grooming. The performances are being followed by drop-in sessions and targeted group work to give young people the opportunity to discuss any issues highlighted in the performances.
"The animal welfare, horse riding sessions and camping equipment will also help people to develop important new skills and to become more physically active.
"We're continuing to work closely with our partners who deliver the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme. Supporting this application means that more of our vulnerable young people are able to take up these opportunities.
"It's great that young people have had their say on these funding decisions, through local youth councils which have made recommendations to the cabinet as to which projects they think should be funded."
Any groups that are interested in applying for funding should contact their local district youth council.