Young people in Margate Central and Cliftonville West are now getting extra support from Hang 10, thanks to money from the Safer Stronger Communities Fund (SSCF).
A new dedicated mobile information vehicle is now working in the two areas, along with a voluntary team of detached workers, three nights a week. An additional two sessions each week are provided by Sport 4 NRG and Pipeline.
Hang 10 is a multi agency detached youth work project, in partnership with Pipeline, Connexions, Thanet Community Safety Partnership, Youth and Community Service, Kent County Council and For Young People. They work with young people on issues such as drugs, alcohol, education, training, employment and sexual health.
Following the success of the SSCF funded project, Kent County Council have also provided £4,500 to fund another youth worker in Margate Central.
Mike Andrea, Team Leader at Pipeline, said: “This money has enabled us to get into the Cliftonville West and Margate Central areas in a way that just wasn’t possible before. We had to turn down requests to work in this area, because we just didn’t have the resources we needed to expand our services. Thanks to this funding from the SSCF, now we’ve got dedicated resources that can make a real difference to the young people who live in these two wards.”
Margaret Main, Cliftonville West resident representative on the SSCF Programme Board, said: "Hang 10's project is all about achieving some of the SSCF's key aims, including cutting the fear of crime and reducing anti-social behaviour by working with young people, who are often perceived as being responsible for crime in the area. Providing activities for young people helps to reassure local residents that something positive is being done in the area. It also helps to build community spirit, because Hang 10 rely on volunteers and working with a range of different community groups."