Cash for local youth projects

County Hall (North), Horsham
County Hall (North), Horsham

SEVERAL youth and community projects in the Horsham district will benefit from thousands of pounds of funding from West Sussex County Council.

The Rock-IT Enterprise of Horsham, is one of the 15 projects to benefit from the Social Enterprise find.

It will receive £20,000 to provide IT and employment training to young people, with its focus on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment recycling.

The Horsham-based Holbrook Youth Centre Management Committee is to receive £10,000 for the first year running costs of a new charity that will operate the Holbrook Youth Centre as the Holbrook Community Centre. The existing building is under review for Community Asset Transfer from the County Council to the management committee.

Community Partnership Ltd is to receive £7,500 towards the Billingshurst Community Crafts Shop, which is aimed at reviving the business environment.

Community projects in the South Downs are also set to benefit from the grants.

Chichester area MIND is to receive £15,000 for its South Downs Rural Outreach Project to help promote mental health and wellbeing in the area and Pulborough Community Partnership will be getting £8,500 towards setting up a Sussex farm food distribution business that will lead to reduced financial and carbon costs.

The Wisborough Green Youth Club will also be awarded £5,000.

The success of these bids for funding reflect shining examples of the aspirations and commitment of local people to play a significant and positive part in the future well-being and prosperity of their communities.

Michael Brown, WSCC cabinet member for finance and resources, said: “The projects we are supporting indicate West Sussex County Council’s determination to support worthwhile community schemes despite this era of austerity.

“We were particularly delighted to see examples of Big Society in action with the Bewbush Community Nursery and the Holbrook Community Centre, in which council-provided services will be run by the community for the community.”