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The Future's Bright thanks to 300k of funding for The Phoenix Youth Project

The Phoenix Youth Project has fundraised almost 300k in the past few months. This funding will be used to deliver youth work services across Cleator Moor, Frizington and Moor Row to 8 - 19 year olds over the next three years. This means the project is close to been fully funded for this period and a fantastic position to get on what they do best, deliver youth work services to hundreds of local young people.

This funding has been granted from The Copeland Community Fund (£181,134.80), BBC Children in Need (£90,000), United Utilities Legacy Fund (£20,000), ##iwill Fund (£5,000), the previous two funds are both managed by Cumbria Community Foundation. Finally we have received a grant of £1,000 from an ex young person of ours, Michael Shaw. Michael accessed our youth club for many years throughout his childhood and early adulthood. In Michael's words, he 'wanted to give something back to youth club, as it gave so much to him. I enjoyed the trips the most and I want the funding to provide a trip for the young people.'

The biggest grant by far is the Copeland Community Fund grant and we can't put into words our thanks for the huge financial support and trust this funding has put in us. This grant alone really helps secure our short to medium term future. This fund has allowed us to gain national funding; this is the hardest to access as it the most competitive. So the grant we are the most pleased by is the 90k from Children in Need. This is the third consecutive grant award from Children In Need and this is one of the hardest to access funds so we we're over the moon when we heard we had been successful with our application.

But all that said and no disrespect to United Utilities, #iwill and Cumbria Community Foundation, the grant that gives us the most pleasure is the 1k from Michael. Michael was a challenge as a younger teenager but was a regular attendee of our Cleator Moor Youth Centre. By his older teenage years Michael was a great role model to the younger young people in the centre. He became a volunteer and to this day regularly drops into our office under the pretense of updating his CV, but more to catch up with our team. From everyone at the project thank you Michael and thank you to of our current, past and future funders of our project. It's your support that enables us to make a real difference in our communities.

The Phoenix Youth Project's Fun Day - Fun in The Sun

The Phoenix Youth Project ran their 12th annual Fun Day supported by BEC on Saturday, 1pm - 5pm on Cleator Moor Square and Cleator Moor Masonic and Civic Centre. The sun was shining, as it nearly always is this summer and the event was revamped and was bigger and better than ever before. This meant that we needed more community support than ever before. It also meant more happy, smiling faces than ever before and that's the reason we run the event. It's for the community and especially our children and young people.

This meant that a record, 550 plus children, young people and adults came to the event. Leanne Eilbeck thanked the project stating, 'well done to everyone involved in making this a great day for the kids! We had a brilliant day'. Eileen Mattinson echoed Leanne once again saying 'well done to the organisers and helpers of the fun day on the market square today. Brilliant day 1st time I have been but I will certainly go to the next one. Thanks my 3 great nieces had a fantastic day.' Talking of helpers, we had over 25 adult volunteers and 8 young volunteers from our Cleator Moor Youth Club. Their support on the day was invaluable and made the day the success it was, without their support the event would not have run. Some we're helping from eight in the morning until 6 in the evening. From everyone at the project thank you. The revamped event had some of the usual activities including the popular climbing wall and inflatable rides, but included a total wipe out game for the first time. Also new at this year's event was the Twister Fair Ride, Water Walkers, Bungee Trampolines along with a two player interactive challenge game. Alongside face painting, the Basket Ball Shoot out, Tin Can Alley, bag bean throwing and Hook a Duck, the giant mobile, full puppet show, live drumming workshops and several food stalls the event was bigger and better than before. The charge for all rides, all afternoon was only £5. Obviously £5 entry does not meet the costs of this event which totals well over 5k. We raised the reaming funds both on the day through the fun games and activities throughout the event. This year's event will not have happened with the generous financial support of BEC (£1,300), Cleator Moor Town Team (£500), Nisa (£500), and Billy Morley (£200) Put simply without their generous financial support, the event would not be able to take place.

The aim of the day was to provide a fun day for the entire community of all ages to socially mix and is a great opportunity to break down those intergenerational barriers that exist between the younger and elderly members from the community. We believe we met this aim better than ever before. All takings from this year's event go towards providing next year's event, with aim of making the event self-sufficient or as near to that as we can. As we have record numbers and the biggest event yet, the takings we're bigger than ever too, we raised in excessive of 3k on the day which means that well over half of next year's event is now secured and we will work towards grant funding the remaining funds to make next year's event an even bigger success.

The Phoenix Youth Project's Fifteen AGM

The Phoenix Youth Project AGM was attended by almost 80 young people, parents, community members, councillors, partner organisations and several of the project's funders. It was a great fun event that celebrated the last twelve months of the project and its achievements. Young people collected awards and certificates for their hard work throughout the past year, they helped to run the event and even performed for those in attendance. The highlight of the event was twofold, the sheer number of people in attendance and the four Phoenix Has Talent performances.

The meeting started with a buffet lunch and ended with a fun quiz. Paul Rowe, Project Manager said the AGM was a great way to celebrate our fifteenth year as a project; we had so many people attending this year that we ran out of seats. He praised the hard work and achievements of the young people who had helped to run the event and who collected awards and certificates on the day as well as the staff volunteers and trustees of the project.' Members from our younger group sang and danced to showcase their talents. Ruby Haile, sang Taylor Swift - Love Story; Kendra & Lily sang Ed Sheeran - Perfect, Connor, Ben, Nate & Josh danced the Swish Swish dance and finally Georgia Herbert - sang Celine Dion - my heart will go on.

Awards were given out on the day for the young people who took part in the Phoenix has talent even and for the accredited awards gained throughout the last year. There were over 50 different awards and certificates presented. These included the Duke of Edinburgh Award and ASDAN awards. The final award presented was the Phoenix Youth Project Youth Club Member of the Year, which is a new award, in its second year, in the honour and memory of a founding trustee, Sheila Graham. A Shield was presented to joint winners Emily Dixon and Jessica Redden who were also Moor Row's Youth Club Members of the year and also the overall project's youth club member of the year. Runner ups to the award were Shannon Cherry (Cleator Moor) and Megan Graham (Frizington) who were both awarded as youth club members of their youth clubs.

Paul Rowe, Project Manager said that the memorial award is a great way to commemorate and remember such a remarkable woman as Sheila who gave so much time to help others and equally to promote and say thank you to young people for their hard work and efforts to support their youth clubs. Emily and Jess has volunteered in their youth club for their ASDAN Award, like both Megan and Shannon did too. Joanne Pears, Lead Youth Development Worker said about Jess and Emily that 'I couldn't run the younger session without them, from September to December there was just me and the girls so I would like to say a big thank you to them as without them I could not have ran the junior session.' Whilst where on that subject we are looking for local community volunteers to help us with the running of Moor Row Youth Centre.

The Phoenix Youth Project runs three youth centres in Cleator Moor, Frizington and Moor Row. Moor Row Centre is open on Monday evenings. Cleator Moor Youth and Community Centre is open every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evening. Frizington Youth Centre is open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. All evening sessions with the exception of Friday evening sessions run between 6pm and 9pm, with 8 - 12 year olds attending between 6pm and 7:30pm and 13 - 19 year olds attending between 7:30pm and 9pm. The Friday sessions run between 6pm and 8pm for 12 - 19 year olds only and are part of the Friday Night Project. For further details on any of this please contact Paul Rowe, Project Manager on 01946 814555.