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posted 2 Aug 2017, 03:37 by Richard Marsh
Sorry about the delay in getting this on our website but just to announce that we hit our crowdfunding target of £35,000 last week, meaning SPACE Shot and its work with young people in Ernesettle is secure until the end of 2017!

We'd like to thank an awful lot of people and organisations, but first must come the people of Ernesettle, who through personal donations, the Walker family-organised sponsorship of Kieron Walker and his Ten Tors expedition and response to local collections, showed tremendous generosity and support for the youth club. Then there were the members of Solomon's Porch, a local church group who had a collection for SPACE Shot that reached an amazing total. Our heartfelt thanks also go out to (in no particular order) Plymouth Community Homes, Plymouth Ladies Group, Citybus, 4Greens Trust, local Councillors Pete Smith, John Reilly, and Mark Lowry and Councillor Pauline Murphy (in her role as Lord Mayor), The University of St Mark and St John, Plutus Powergen and, of course, Plymouth City Council and its fantastic City Change Fund that provides vital match funding for projects such as ours. We also mustn't forget non-Ernesettle residents of Plymouth and elsewhere who also gave with great generosity, including friends and supporters of Barefoot, not to mention past and present Board members, staff and relatives.

With a degree of security we can now focus on raising funds to see us well into 2018 and, most importantly, continue our open access youth sessions and specialist project work, responding to the needs of Ernesettle's young people and helping them make the most of their lives.

Coming Up
On August 20th young people from Bollo Brook Youth Club in Ealing, London will be visiting us following our visit to them in March this year (when our Lottery funding was still available). Thanks to the Kelsey Trust and their kind grant of £1,000 we will be able to offer two days of activities and sight-seeing for our young people and their guests. We strongly feel that bringing together young people from different places, ethnicities and backgrounds is more important now than ever before, especially when it's also really good fun!

SPACE Shot is now running two sessions every Wednesday evening. Juniors (10-12) 4.00pm - 6.00pm, seniors (13-19) 6.30pm - 8.30pm. On Thursdays we have also commenced  junior and senior young womens' groups. The SPACE Shot Dance Company, run by Exim Dance is having a summer break and we are urgently looking into ways of funding sessions in the autumn. If anyone can help, please get in touch.

Note that SPACE Shot will shut down for one week from 14th-18th August.