Custom House youth centre wins share of £30k

The Shipman Youth Centre is one of our three finalists

The Shipman Youth Centre is one of our three finalists - Credit: Archant

Over the next three weeks, the Recorder will be profiling the finalists who will benefit from a share of £30,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme – with you deciding who gets £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000 towards their project.

Our first shortlisted organisation is the Shipman Youth Centre.

The centre, in Prince Regent Lane, Custom House, hopes to use their share of the money to create a new sports area.

This would allow the group to use sport to tackle social problems and improve the lives of young people in the area.

Centre manager Florina St Marthe said: “Sport offers a way to engage with hard to reach individuals.

“A sports area would also mean young people could gain social skills and take part in integration work.”

The youth club currently offers a varied programme of activities designed to keep children and teenagers off the streets and engaged in a positive lifestyle.

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It will use part of the grant money to introduce a range of activities that will help young people develop key skills that they can transfer into other areas of their lives.

Florina added: “We can teach young people to stay out of trouble.”