Two Chichester-based organisations for local young people are benefitting from a cash boost.
West Sussex County Council has donated money to both the Chichester Boys’ Club (£4,350) and The Chichester City Centre Youth Drop In – Bell Tower Project (£3,100).
Peter Evans, County Council Cabinet Member for Children – Start of Life, visited the Bell Tower Project recently to see first-hand how the money will help them.
He said: “I was really impressed by what I saw at the Bell Tower. They are a new project, just getting off the ground, and have been set up to give teenagers a place to go after school.
“A lot of parents work long hours and places like the Bell Tower give them peace of mind that their youngsters have somewhere safe to spend time.
“It’s really important to me to support organisations like these and I was very pleased that we were able to distribute this money, as I know it will be used to benefit our young people.
“I’m hoping to visit the Boys’ Club in the next few weeks – they are a more established group for the city’s youngsters and I’m looking forward to meeting them.”
Steve Flashman is one of the Trustees of the Bell Tower project. He said: “We are grateful to the Cathedral Chapter for allowing us to use this iconic landmark for our Youth Drop In Centre and to the County Council for their generous support.
“It’s all about meeting the needs of our young people and offering them support and care at a critical time in their lives.”
Richard Hancock, of Chichester Boys’ Club, added: “The Chichester Boys’ Club was founded originally in 1922. Despite the name, our activities have been open to both girls and boys for many years now.
“We pride ourselves on our caring approach towards all those who come through our doors. Additionally there is a weekly young carers group for those who have to care for siblings or parents at home.
“We hold a variety of activities throughout the week, including young carers groups for those who care for siblings or parents at home, a tuition evening for those pursuing the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. We also hold a PHAB (Physically Handicapped and Able-Bodied Club), Be Okay Group which is run by MIND, and an All Sports Club which caters for young and old with disabilities.”
The money has come from remaining accounts of the Chichester Youth Wing. All assets were transferred back to the County Council and it was decided to divide the remaining money between two locally-based projects.
Peter said: “The Chichester Youth Wing was based in the city centre and served young people in the local area.
“The money that was raised was to be used for providing youth services to young people in the city, and therefore it was important to us that this money was used to help those same people.”