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posted 2 May 2017, 07:37 by Richard Marsh
Bad news hit the mat in April when we received the letter telling us that the Big Lottery had turned down our application for continuation funding, the support we needed to continue running our highly successful SPACE Shot youth project in Ernesettle for three more years.

Obviously we were a bit shocked and, after more than proving what had been achieved and was still needed in an application process that took over 12 months, loads of work and two application forms, a bit deflated. However, we never give up and now need your help to keep SPACE Shot and Barefoot alive.

To help young people in Ernesettle keep their youth sessions, youth workers and a safe place to go please share and distribute this crowdfunding link or even donate a little something yourself. The money will help keep sessions running while we make more applications and get other fund-raising schemes under way.

Barefoot has been around for 21 years and in that time we've run hundreds of arts and sport projects for children and young people, helped various groups such as the Wheel Fever wheelchair user's dance group get off the ground and ran the Big Arts Festival, which gave arts activity and performance opportunities to thousands of Plymouth kids, for 12 years. We've been working in the youth work field  since 2011, helping Southway Youth Club re-open and ensuring that youth work didn't disappear in Ernesettle after the collapse of the Budshead Trust. In Ernesettle someone said 'most organisations would have walked away', but we don't work like that, and, as a result,  with the SPACE partnership, we've managed to re-open the small youth and community rooms and deliver youth work, activities and much needed support to 283 young people, 46% of the 10-19 year olds in the area, for four years. The last three years brought an investment of over £300,000 into Ernesettle, including a first class youth work team and total commitment to the young people and their community.

Now we need some help, so please...pass it on.