Pelton Fell Community Partnership (PFCP), the not-for-profit organisation working with people aged 7 to 19 years, has been awarded £7,000 from the Coalfields Community Investment Programme.

The funding will be used to create two gender specific youth groups for young people aged 11 to 19 years from the local area. The sessions will be available for two hours each week, across a 50-week schedule.

The classes, which will be delivered in a fun and safe environment at the Brockwell Centre, will promote positive attitudes and challenge negative anti-social behaviour.

With an activity plan that covers workshops and advice on issues such as personal safety, healthy eating, drugs and sexual health, professionally trained Youth Workers will help young people to make more informed choices as they mature from teenagers into adults.

Donna Brown, Lead Youth Worker for Pelton Fell Community Partnership, comments: “The funding from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust will give us the opportunity to work with young people from across the Pelton Fell district, giving them the tools, techniques and advice they need to make positive life decisions. Dedicated Youth Workers will support them as they make the transition from primary to secondary school and from childhood to adulthood.”

“The classes and programmes will also benefit local residents as we will see young people become active and valuable members of the Pelton Fell community. We also hope that through this work we are able to report a reduction in anti-social behaviour.”

Stephen Abson, Development Manager (England) for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, comments: “Providing young people with a space to socialise with their friends, access information on how to live a positive lifestyle and connect with role models will be incredibly beneficial for them.”

“By reaching out to young people through the Coalfields Community Investment programme we can give them the support and guidance they need to make the right decisions as they begin their journey into adulthood.”