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   Community College youth initiative gets Jubilee funding    7 March, 2012

(Article provided by www.grobyonline.tk - Last October the Parish Council discussed the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and decided to look at setting some money aside to support any village organisation that wished to organise an event as part of the celebrations.  Organisers were invited to give advance notice  of any events they planned in order that a diary could be maintained to help others making similar plans avoid date conflicts.  When it set the budget for 2012/13 the Council set aside £1500 to help fund Jubilee events but surprisingly with only a few months to go no-one has responded to the invitation.  With no apparent demand for assistance in financing an event the Council has decided to allocate £1000 of the provision to help a local good cause in need of funding in Jubilee Year.   

Transitional Youth Club

Groby Community College is looking to develop an after school youth club which will cater for local year 9 students who will be joining the College this year.  The aim is to familiarise students to their school surroundings, therefore making transition easier.  It seems that Transition at Year 9 is one of the hardest times to move students from the High School that they have been at for the last three years. This disturbance comes at a time when students need to be as settled as possible in order to secure the best possible outcomes they can in their GCSEs.

"Previous experience tells us that this will be a success," explained Robert Coles the Principal.  "We have many examples from before the Local Authority cutbacks of running similar ventures which have had massive community success. Unfortunately the college  faces significant funding cuts meaning finding money from the college budget is nearly impossible." The college expects to lose half a million pounds over the next two years from the budget.

£3000 funding needed

"We need to raise funding of £3000 to run this club for a year, so the contribution from the Parish Council on Monday 5 March for our Transitional Youth Club was a huge bonus in getting the club up and running," he added  "The majority of students will be from Groby / Ratby area. I would not seek funding from other parish councils as Ratby have a youth club that young people visit. However we will be looking towards other local funding streams including charities and voluntary groups to help further support the youth club."  So if there is any other individual or organisation who would like to give some financial help it will be gratefully received.

It is expected that the club can accommodate approx 40 young people for a two hour session each Thursday from 6.30pm until 8.30pm.  By attending the youth club, the students will be able to form relationships with staff and other and students, further easing the transition process.  Robert is unaware of any similar provisions within the area and believes that the Youth Club will create a positive image within the community especially, for example, with police involvement.

The club will also encourage young people to participate in structured activities with positive outcomes including:

  • Arts & crafts
  • board games
  • sports
  • music
  • Wii
  • kitchen facilities
  • topical discussions.

The Jubilee link

And the fact that this donation has come from Groby's Jubilee Fund has not gone unnoticed. "We hope that the outcome for the project will have a community feel by engaging with the Jubilee agenda. We would like the youth club’s work to leave a jubilee related legacy. One of the first things that we will do when we form is to decide what the outcome of the work will be which will not only build community links around the college but also have a positive outcome for all of the Groby residents," explained Robert.  One of the links which the Parish Council is keen to explore relates to it's Jubilee Year tree planting programme.

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