£20k youth boost

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THREE communities are celebrating after landing windfalls to lay on facilities and fill a gap in youth provision in their villages.

Easington Village Parish Council and the Blackhall & Hesledens Community Regeneration Partnership have each been awarded £9,996 from the Big Lottery Awards for All scheme to provide youth drop-in sessions.

Groundwork North East will be running both projects, every Tuesday in St Mary’s Church Hall, in Hall Walks, Easington Village and every Wednesday, at the Tea Pavilion in Blackhall’s Welfare Park.

Both will consist of separate junior and senior sessions and include a range of activities, including sports, arts and crafts, cooking, team building games and trips.

Easington Village Parish Council chairman Len Morton said: ’I am delighted our application was a success.”

The Blackhall and Hesledens’ scheme is backed by Monk Hesleden Parish Council and follows a successful pilot funded by Durham County councillors Rob Crute and Alan Cox.

The partnership also received a grant from East Durham Area Action Partnership to help with transport.

Easington sessions run from 5.30pm-7pm for eight to 11-year-olds and from 7pm-8.30pm for 12 to 16-year-olds.

The Blackhall sessions run from 4pm-6pm for eight to 11-year-olds and from 6.15pm-8.15pm for 12 to 16-year-olds.

For more details, call Kathryn Green on 07515 327186.