Community’s £430k boost

The Wakefield Youth Action Co-operative has set up a new youth project after securing four years worth of funding from the lottery. They want to organise a soap box derby and do olympic events. They have also taken on volunteers who will be trained up with youth worker skills, business management etc to gain skills they can use to help find paid work'' '' ''LOCATION: The Tardis, George-a-Green Road, Lupset'' '' ''Pictured Centre: Helen Thompson
The Wakefield Youth Action Co-operative has set up a new youth project after securing four years worth of funding from the lottery. They want to organise a soap box derby and do olympic events. They have also taken on volunteers who will be trained up with youth worker skills, business management etc to gain skills they can use to help find paid work'' '' ''LOCATION: The Tardis, George-a-Green Road, Lupset'' '' ''Pictured Centre: Helen Thompson

A YOUTH project has secured almost half a million pounds to help some of the most deprived people in the city.

Wakefield Youth Action Co-operative (WYAC) will use the cash to train unemployed youngsters, bring different generations together and hold community events in Lupset.

It has been given £430,000 from the National Lottery’s Reaching Communities fund to spend over four years.

Helen Thompson, project coordinator, said: “Lupset is one of the most deprived estates in Europe and we want to make a real difference.

“Employment is very low and it goes across generations. We want to inspire and motivate young people by equipping them with the skills they need to get jobs.

“And we also want to bring the whole community together, young and old.”

The group, which is based at the Tardis on George-a-Green Road, already has plans to put on an Olympics-themed event in the summer and a soap box derby to rival the famous Sharlston New Year’s Day race.

The funding has allowed WYAC to take on 10 volunteers who will be given training in youth work, safeguarding children skills and other recognised qualifications they can put on their CV to help them get jobs.

Unemployed 17-year-old Aiden Barnes began volunteering at the project two weeks ago.

He said: “I was volunteering at another youth project, City Limits, before. I went for a job interview but I didn’t get it so I’m hoping coming here will let me do more qualifications to become a fully trained youth worker.”

To get involved visit The Tardis on weekdays between 9am and 5am or call 01924 387721.