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Inspiring Communities projects named

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Projects sharing a £10m fund to help young people from poorer communities to unlock their talents have been named.

Fifteen projects from deprived neighbourhoods across England will share the pot - the areas chosen having identified low aspiration as a barrier to their young people achieving their potential.

Projects from Barking and Dagenham, Cumbria, Manchester, Rotherham, Stoke on Trent, Barnsley, Kent and Bristol are among the ones chosen under the Inspiring Communities initiative.

The scheme is intended to get people working together in their communities to boost the aspirations and achievements of their young people.

Local Government Minister Rosie Winterton said: “We recognise that young people from poorer communities can be less likely to aim high and can have low self esteem, low aspirations and limited horizons that act as barriers to success.

“This fund is about taking steps to redress that balance and goes to support those community-led projects that will best foster young people’s talents.”

The successful projects are:

  • Barking and Dagenham - Heath Ward: activities will include community gardening, parental support and advice services, a community youth radio station and volunteer mentoring;
  • Barnsley - Kendray and Worsbough Bank End: activities include a young people’s leadership programme, parental advice services, financial management activities and the opportunity to design a house.
  • Blackburn with Darwen - Darwen Central: activities include role model programmes, parent advice support programmes and open the door programmes with visits to local/national companies.
  • Bolton - Tonge with the Haulgh: activities include career shadowing opportunities performing arts programme, peer tutors and mentors and the provision of a youth club.
  • Bradford - IN Community (East Bradford): activities, include the use of personal electronic portals for young people to track achievements, mentoring and coaching programmes, enterprise and creativity programmes and the use of Community Foundation grants
  • Bristol - Henbury: activities include Parental Support Advisers, Summer University Programmes, Business Link programmes and community volunteering.
  • Cumbria - Central and Hindpool: activities include developing coaching and mentoring programmes, junior Wardens programme and Streets Sports programmes.
  • Kent - East Folkestone (Shepway): activities include arranging visits to workplaces, local artists and ‘Dragon’s Den’ type activities.
  • Lancashire - Colne Primet: activities include role model programmes, parental advisers and family support outreach services as well as ‘Dragons Den’ style participatory budgeting activities.
  • Manchester - Gorton South: activities include a parent’s network, Saturday school classes, and a police training programme for youth constables.
  • Norfolk - Saxon and Abbey Wards (Thetford): activities include running a community café as a social enterprise that will act as a vibrant community focal point and provide training opportunities, voluntary and work experience placements and information and signposting services. Intergenerational gardening programme, a school and community radio station, and skills swaps are some of the other activities on offer.
  • North East Lincolnshire - The Willows: activities include self esteem and self confidence building programmes, mentoring projects, community learning projects and enterprise challenges such as ‘The Apprentice’ and ‘Dragon’s Den’ type activities.
  • Rotherham - Rawmarsh: activities include parent mentoring and a children’s University programme.
  • South Tyneside - East Shields: activities include team building and problem solving activities, community volunteering and skills workshops.
  • Stoke on Trent - Dresden, Normacot and Florence: activities include young enterprise programme, community volunteers programme, parental support advisers and reading champions.
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