Funding for Ealing youth projects to be allocated

by James Renoux-Wood Tue 18 March 2014, 4:21 pm

A youth funding programme is being introduced by the not-for-profit community outreach organisation, Pathways.

The Hopes and Dreams project will allow individuals and voluntary and community based groups who work with people between 14 and 21 to apply for a share of £25,000.

Hopes and Dreams has been set up to address the shortage of facilities and activities for young people in the area, and Pathways is encouraging applications for projects in areas such as childcare, training, art, music and sports.

Ideas specifically aimed at young people not in education and those experiencing problems at school and home will be looked at favourably.

Maria Gledhill, Pathways chief executive said: “After the riots that badly affected Ealing in 2011, Pathways commissioned a report to look at the hopes and dreams of local residents, young and old, in Ealing and Brentford.

“One of the key areas of concern was the lack of facilities and activities for young people. Older residents had the most negative picture of young people but many also felt that younger residents were unfairly represented in the media. 

“At Pathways we are passionate about supporting young people and we want to reach out to those who are striving to make something of their lives and we hope that the grants available will help them realise their hopes and dreams.”

The Ealing Pathways programme, which aimed to encorage young people aged bewteen 16 and 25 into work through apprenticeships and other opportunities, was awarded the Best Children's Services project at the Local Government Chronicle awards 2014. The scheme had a success rate of 80 per cent.

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