Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cheers for PS1.2m Lottery Support; Causes See the Benefit

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cheers for PS1.2m Lottery Support; Causes See the Benefit

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MORE than PS1.2m has been handed to good causes across the North East thanks to the National Lottery.

It includes some PS200,000 which will go to help teenage girls at risk of binge drinking.

The new project called Bright Futures, based in South Shields, will work with 720 young women aged 11 to 25 in South Tyneside.

The charity is one of five projects across the region and 62 nationally to share a total of PS14.9m from the Reaching Communities programme. It's hoped the project will educate young women on the effects of alcohol and the risks to sexual health. It also aims to reduce teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

Project development worker Nicola Common said: "We have been working with a number of young women through our pilot project last year which was also funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

"The success of the pilot showed us that young women need appropriate education to enable them to make safe choices and informed decisions, particularly around issues relating to alcohol misuse.

"This grant will enable us to offer young women in South Tyneside safe and interesting things to do on evenings and weekends, the opportunity to take part in accredited programmes of work and work with others in the community as well as improved access to further education, training and employment."

Big Lottery Fund spokeswoman Tessa Wiley said Bright Futures would steer young women towards "positive activities to put them on a better path".

Elsewhere in the region, Northumberland-based charity Escape Family Support has been handed PS390,070 so it can extend its help to families, children and carers of people who misuse substances.

In Newcastle, schemes benefiting from the cash injection include the community arts organisation Them Wifies which uses drama to engage with hard-to-reach young people in a bid to help them improve their confidence and self-esteem. …

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