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Youths invited to bid for £36k in project funding
YOUNG people in Dorset have been invited to apply for a share of Dorset Youth Opportunity Fund to help improve facilities in their area.
The £36,000 fund will be managed by the County Youth Council, supported by the Early Intervention Service.
The scheme has been running since 2006 and it has been agreed to extend the Youth Opportunity Fund to reflect current financial circumstances for a further year.
Dorset Youth Council Enables (DYCE) is a youth-led forum supported by Dorset County Council.
Its young members want to hear from groups which have previously not applied for funding.
Dorset County Council’s participation and democracy youth worker Shani Bancroft said: “DYCE is a great opportunity for young people to learn skills, gain confidence and make friends.”
The fund is targeted at groups and organisations that cater for youngsters aged 13 to 19.
The youth council is seeking bids directly from young people for improvements they would like to see in facilities in their towns and villages. A limit of £2,000 has been set for any application.
DYCE has worked on many issues affecting young people including: cyber-bullying, cheaper and more frequent transport for young people across Dorset; better control and policing over the availability of drugs and alcohol; and for every school to have recycling bins.
The deadline for bids is midday on Wednesday, October 16.
Searching for the Youth Opportunity Fund on dorsetforyou.com or email Shani at email@example.com
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DORCHESTER Youth and Community Centre is one of the organisations which has previously benefited from the fund.
The money went towards a host of enhancements at the centre.
The wall artwork has been redone and the building's look has been tweaked to improve it as a venue for bands and musicians.
A free multimedia recording facility and soundproofed studio was installed for young artists.
Other improvements include new rehearsal areas, new instruments and a PA system youngsters can borrow to play gigs away from the centre.
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