£500,000 funding for youth services in Portsmouth

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Portsmouth City Council 2016Young people in Portsmouth are set to benefit from a £500,000 boost to youth services across the city.

Portsmouth City Council's Cabinet has decided to allocate the money for open access youth services over the next two years.

The decision means established local voluntary sector organisations will be funded to work together to develop a new programme of constructive activities for 10-18 year olds, focusing on sport and cultural activities.

The programme will build on the council's existing play service that runs four youth centres and six adventure playgrounds to deliver services in other areas across the east and south of the city where there are currently fewer facilities for young people.

The money is coming from the council's Environment & Community Safety Portfolio Reserve.

Cllr Dave Ashmore, the council's Cabinet Member for Environment & Community Safety, said: "I'm very pleased we've been able to allocate this money as it has the potential to offer activities to engage young people and help be a positive influence in their lives.

"It can be difficult to engage some young people but providing activities in the communities they live in gives us the best chance of connecting with everyone so we can offer support where it is needed."

Cllr Suzy Horton, Portsmouth City Council's Cabinet Member for Education, said: "This funding is fantastic news as it means more support for more children across the city. When young people are positively engaged with out of school sporting, creative and social activities, they are more likely to have good attendance and attainment at school; all of which help them to reach their full potential."

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