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Council gives youth schemes £7,500 following public vote

The winners of the latest round of the council’s Youth Voice Youth Choice scheme that grants youth groups and individuals funding of up to £2,500 have been revealed.

The winners of the latest round of the council’s Youth Voice Youth Choice scheme that grants youth groups and individuals funding of up to £2,500 have been revealed. They were announced at a special ceremony held on Wednesday 8 July at the Guildhall, Windsor.

The winners in each category were:

  • Targeted group
    Kickback, the Royal Borough’s Children in Care Council will receive £2,500 for children in care’s living essentials, books and a residential trip.
  • Individual
    Twelve year old Saketh Sriram will get £2,000 to develop ‘Tomorrow’s Directors’ Animation Workshops for 12-14 year olds.
  • Youth group
    Sanders Street dance school will receive £2,500 for their intense dance training which brings together learning difficulty and mainstream students.
  • School
    Cox Green School – dementia music and developing empathy project will get £500.

All the winners were decided through an online public vote on the youth services website http://www.wamster.org.uk/ that ran from the middle of May until 1 June. The groups in the running nominated themselves back in April and had to explain why they needed up to £2,500.

This is the third consecutive year that the Youth Voice Youth Choice scheme has run.

Applicants must live or study in the Royal Borough and be aged between 11 and 19 years (or up to age 25 if they have learning disabilities).

Cllr Natasha Airey, cabinet member for youth services and safeguarding, said: “We are proud to run the Youth Voice, Youth Choice scheme. In the three years it’s been running more than 12,000 young people have benefitted, whether individually or as part of a school or youth group.

“We feel it’s very important that all young people in the borough can engage with and directly influence this scheme by having the opportunity to vote for their favourites.”

To keep in touch with council’s services for young people log on to the WAMSTER website: http://www.wamster.org.uk/ or see their twitter @YouthRBWM