Cumbria Youth Alliance (CYA), has secured a £9,000 cash boost thanks to the Coalfields Community Investment Programme, delivered by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, the only organisation dedicated to supporting former mining towns and villages.
CYA, which was launched in 1997 to provide services to young people living in Cumbria, will use the investment to pay for a sessional project coordinator, who will work one day per week for seven months.
In addition, contributions will be made to allow young unemployed members of the local public to attend two, six-day training courses, and further support will be given to cover the costs for marketing materials, room hire and general overheads.
Chief Officer from CYA, Cath Clarke comments: “With a mission to ensure that all young people in Cumbria reach their full potential, these funds are essential and mean that we can employ a dedicated sessional worker that will further extend the resource we have in place and help many more local people to increase their employability.
“Without the funds from organisations such as the Coalfields Regeneration Trust we simply wouldn’t have the money to continue. This is a real lifeline for us and means that we can make a difference to more than 2,500 young people that we engage with in Cumbria.”
Head of Operations (England) for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Andy Lock comments: “What really appealed to us about CYA was the focus on skills and employment. This aligns directly with our three-year strategy and we are pleased to show our support for outreach programmes that change the future prospects of young people.
“We know that 27% of working age people living in the Cumbrian coalfields have no qualifications compared to the national average of 22%. If we are going to break this cycle, and give people the opportunity to lead an independent life, then we have to address the skills shortage in these areas.”
The Coalfields Community Investment Programme supports organisations and programmes of activity that meet with three key criteria to address skills, employment or health.
The Coalfields Regeneration Trust was established in 1999. Since that time more than 2m people have benefited from support delivered by the organisation. Over 25,500 people have been supported into work, more than 5,500 jobs have been created or safeguarded, 1.3m people have received the necessary support to help improve their skills and gain qualifications and over 230,000 people have participated in activities that have improve their health.
For further details about the Coalfields Community Investment Programme please visit: www.coalfields-regen.co.uk.