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Funding Success, New Role in Whitleigh and a New Post

posted 30 Mar 2018, 06:14 by Richard Marsh   [ updated 30 Mar 2018, 06:16 ]
Things have been very busy at Barefoot Towers (aka the SPACE Centre) so apologies for not updating our news page. Better late than never!

Firstly, we received great news at the end of last year when our application to the Tudor Trust for two years of funding, totalling £50,000, was successful, a wonderful follow-on from our Crowdfunder campaign and additionally boosted by a grant of £10,000 from Awards for All. The Tudor Trust really understand what we're trying to achieve in Ernesettle (and St Budeaux and, now, Whitleigh) and as part of the application process visited us to find out more about SPACE Shot, face-to-face. More applications for funding to support both our core work and projects are in the pipeline.

After an approach from the Whitleigh Big Local, a community project funded by the Big Lottery, our proposal to begin a youth provision in the area was accepted and I'm doubly glad to say that this commission has now been extended to June 2019. Whitleigh shares many of the same issues we encountered in Ernesettle, with a lack of facilities and activities specifically aimed at early and mid-teens, leading in some cases to anti-social behaviour. Jon and Jeanette have been carrying out detached work on the streets since the middle of January and liaising with the Salvation Army Youth Club as well as many other partners in the area. A big shout out for Whitleigh Community Manager Pippa and the Big Local committee for all their help and faith in our approach. We hope to begin using the 4Greens building for project work in the near future.

This also links to some sad news, in that Claire Best, our brilliant Professional Youth Worker and SPACE Shot 'veteran' will be leaving us at the end of April. Claire is moving to a full-time post as a Professional Youth Worker with Plymouth City Council and we wish her all the best for the future. Claire was one of the original SPACE Shot youth work team and her passion, expertise and huge efforts to support young people in Ernesettle have played a massive part in making the project the success it is today. We will all miss her, but life goes on and as Claire leaves we now have a vacancy for a new post. Please click on the link below for more information.

Richard Marsh,
30 Mar 2018, 06:14