Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Community Group Given Four-Figure Grant Boost

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Community Group Given Four-Figure Grant Boost

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Byline: Angela Upex angela.upex@ncjmedia.co.uk

ACOMMUNITY group for young people in a deprived part of County Durham is celebrating after a four-figure grant nominated through the local branch of Newcastle Building Society secured the future of the services it provides for the next 12 months.

The Pelton Fell Community Partnership runs a wide variety of activities for children aged between seven and 12 years old during twice-weekly sessions at the Brockwell Centre on Craighead Road, which it manages on behalf of the local council.

The sessions are designed to give children the chance to have a go at various activities which might not otherwise be accessible to them, and covers topics from cooking, art and craft through to life skills advice and support.

The funding which supported the Partnership's provision of these services is due to run out in the near future, and there were concerns that it would no longer be possible to put them on.

But now, after being nominated by Eric Brown, a customer at Newcastle Building Society's Front Street branch in Chester-le-Street, a PS3,000 grant has been given by the society to ensure they will be able to continue for at least the next 12 months.

The children taking part in the activities are involved in deciding what these should be, and as well as everything that takes place at the Brockwell Centre, the Partnership also puts on events at other locations, including picnics in the summer months and visits to local leisure facilities.

The funding has been provided by the Newcastle Building Society Community Fund at the Community Foundation, which has been set up to provide grants to charities and community groups that are located in or around the communities served by the society's branch network, and put forward for support by its customers. …

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