Youths’ chance for WW1 project

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YOUNG people in Hartlepool are being invited to take part in a two-year project marking the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

Called ‘Seeds of Change’, the project is open to young people aged 13-19 and has been developed by the Arts For Teens Group – young people working with Hartlepool Council’s Youth Support Service (YSS) and Museums Service to develop better cultural opportunities for youngsters in the town.

The project is funded by a grant of £34,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) – money which the Arts For Teens Group secured after carrying out research for the project including attending a theatre performance of ‘War Horse’.

A highlight will be a play which will be performed next summer at youth centres and the Town Hall Theatre and volunteers are needed to get involved with everything from research and scriptwriting to costume and set production and acting.

Beth Storey, youth work manager in the YSS, said: “Congratulations to the Arts For Teens Group on securing the grant.

“Our aim is also to help broaden the young people’s aspirations, giving them new experiences and using our heritage and culture to inspire them.”

Young people interested in taking part should contact Derek Minton, project leader, on (01429) 265400.