Two Swansea youth clubs have been given a financial lifeline, thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund. Skewen-based Whitehead-Ross Education and Consulting took over the running of Clydach and Pontarddulais Youth Clubs from the City and County of Swansea 14 months ago, following the closure of both clubs due to budget cuts.
Seed funding provided by the City and County of Swansea was due to come to an end later this month, but the Big Lottery Fund has awarded a grant of nearly £10,000. Both youth clubs are well attended and were accessed by 141 young people in the last year. Whitehead-Ross Education and Consulting has set up a not-for-profit organisation, called Swansea and Neath Port Talbot Young People’s Foundation, to open up access to a wider range of grants.
Ian Ross, Managing Director, said “We were thrilled to receive this good news less than a fortnight before our existing funding was due to come to an end. The timing couldn’t have been better. We passionately believe that youth clubs are a valuable asset to local communities as they provide opportunities for young people to engage in meaningful activities. Whilst youth clubs are closing across the country, we are proud to be sustaining these two clubs in Clydach and Pontarddulais for the local communities.”
The youth clubs take place on Mondays and Fridays at Forge Fach Community Resource Centre, Hebron Road, Clydach, SA6 5EJ, and Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Bont Elim Community Church, Alltiago Road, Pontarddulais, SA4 8HU.