Tuesday, 17 March 2009

PROJECT ENGAGE: FREE PILOT ACTIVITIES

Thanet district Council press release

A new project, to help young people access youth activities in Margate and Cliftonville, has launched a series of free pilot activities in the area.

Project Engage, which is being run by Pie Factory Music on behalf of Thanet Engage, has received money from the Safer Stronger Communities Fund (SSCF).

They have been talking to all age groups to find out what they think about youth activities in the Cliftonville and Margate areas, with the aim of finding out what young people and their parents think would work for them and to fill any gaps in provision that currently exist.

Following this work, two evenings of football and break dancing have already taken place for 11 to 18 year olds at the Quarterdeck Youth Centre, with another planned for this Monday (16 March). These have been organised by Project Engage and the Kent Refugee and Minority Support Group, who are also receiving funding from the SSCF.

Free disability training workshops for those working with young people are taking place in March and April and are being delivered by Project Engage and East Kent MENCAP. This training follows feedback that young people with disabilities often find it difficult to access mainstream provision. The training will equip providers with the information they need to be aware of when it comes to disability, enabling agencies to be more inclusive and making it easier for young people with disabilities to get involved.

Mike Andrea, a member of the SSCF Programme Board said: "The contribution of Project Engage to the improvement of youth services for those young people who currently find it hard to access these services is superb. It is encouraging to see a project that is taking the views of the public seriously and working hard to improve the quality of provision for the young people who need it most."

To find out more about future football and break dancing sessions or to book a place on a disability workshop, contact Steph Kailou, Project Engage Worker, on 01843 596777 or 0779 303 5044 or e-mail steph@piefactorymusic.com

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