Charities supporting disadvantaged children in Cornwall have received close to £70,000 worth of funding from the West Cornwall Youth Trust.
The money will be spent on a huge variety of activities throughout the summer that will enhance the lives of all those taking part – many resulting in recognised qualifications.
WCYT was set up five years ago to help charities and other organisations working with young people aged up to 21 throughout the whole county – the underprivileged, financially or socially disadvantaged and the disabled.
Several of the projects given grants involve sailing. They include the Mires Mor Project, Mylor Sailability, the Jubilee Sailing Trust, Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust, the Bristol Pilot Cutter Trust delivering a project to Doubletrees Special School and Hayle Youth Project. Funding for the latter will pay for 10 young people aged between 15 and 18 – local to the Hayle area – to take part in a five night sailing experience organised by the Brixham based Trinity Sailing Project. The group will, with supervision, crew a 100 year old sailing trawler from Brixham to Falmouth.
Project Manager, Jacqueline Hart, said: “All those attending face personal challenges and the opportunity will help them gain valuable personal experience, boost confidence and resilience, promote team skills and earn each an internationally recognised Royal Yachting Association Competent Crew Certificate.”
Funding activities for disabled youngsters are high priority for the WCYT. Benefitting this summer will be Cornwall SPACE – Action for Children, Nancealverne Special School, The Dreadnought Centre, South West Riding for the Disabled Association and BF Adventure.
BF Adventure, based just outside Falmouth, has won grants for two separate projects including its Short Breaks Activity Programme – designed specifically for disabled youngsters. With the funding the centre’s instructors, youth workers and volunteers will support 75 youngsters – some visiting once, some on a series of visits – enabling them to take part in fun and developmental activities they might otherwise be unable to access.
Chief Executive Adrian Richards said: “The team here is thrilled to receive this funding and we are looking forward to giving a rousing welcome to all the young people who will benefit.”
Organisations whose projects involve training have also been given financial support – including Children in Care Educational Support Services and The Kehelland Trust.
Funding for activities, equipment and expeditions for disadvantaged young people has additionally been provided by the Trust. ReachOut will support youngsters through their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. Through its Every Child Matters programme, St Ives School will fund activities for children in the town whilst Fowey Community College will use the cash to send pupils to Porthpean Outdoor Education Centre and The Trust for Scouting in Cornwall will fund life-changing expeditions. Support for the Sea, Salts and Sail Festival will help local children understand and celebrate their maritime heritage, BF Adventure will hold activity days for 140 children, Little Harbour Children’s Hospice will organise activities for teenagers during respite visits, Newquay Christian Centre will send five young women to the Hope Village orphanage in Malawi, The Camborne Youth Band will get cash for new uniforms and Camborne Science and International Academy has been given money to fund an eight week programme delivered by Active Plus military veterans to students from the school with confidence or self esteem issues. The latter will take part in disciplined team and confidence building exercises to discover their own strengths, learn coping strategies, communication skills, first aid, CPR and how not to be a victim.
School Vice Principal, Mark Fenlon, said: “The Active Plus programme has a very positive impact on the students. It provides them with skills and experiences that help with success during the rest of their time at school and beyond.”
WCYT Trustee, Nick Fletcher, said: “It’s a privilege to be able to support so many innovative and exciting projects that will have a huge impact on the lives and futures of young people throughout Cornwall.”