Young people can create their own exciting new projects and activities in Hastings and St Leonards thanks to a £5,000 fund launched today (May 3).

Groups of children aged 5-12 who live in Hastings and St Leonards can apply for grants of up to £400 to set up sport, arts, music, tech or outdoors activities that aren’t currently on offer in the area and that also give them the chance to learn new skills, work as a team, make friends and have fun.

It’s being run by Hastings Young Ambassadors, a group of 12-18-year-olds giving young people a voice in decision-making, and is funded by Hastings Opportunity Area, a Department for Education programme to help young people overcome obstacles to fulfilling their potential.

Speaking at an assembly to children from St Leonards Church of England Primary Academy, 15-year-old Daria Malekzai encouraged children who might not usually take part in activities to put their ideas forward.

Richard Meddings, Chair of Hastings Opportunity Area, said: “We have funded hundreds of activities for thousands of children over the last 12 months, but this is a very special project for us as it is being run by young people for young people. We eagerly await to see what wonderful ideas the children of Hastings and St Leonards send through.”

Applications can be made by groups of children with the help of an adult, either via a simple online form or a short video explaining their idea. The application deadline is the 31st May, after which all applications will be reviewed by a panel including the Young Ambassadors, East Sussex County Council, Hastings Opportunity Area and Hastings Voluntary Action. 

Esme Needham, a member of the Young Ambassadors, said: “We’re very excited to be able to give young people in Hastings and St Leonards opportunities for new experiences. We hope we get lots of applications and we can’t wait to hear their interesting ideas.”

For more information or to make an application with a group of children visit: www.hastingsopps.co.uk

info@hastingsopps.co.uk

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