Blackpool youth training centre in £450k funding boost

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Plans to create a Youth Hub in Blackpool town centre to help young people into jobs and training have been given another financial boost.

 

The scheme has been awarded £452,700 from the government’s Community Renewal Fund which comes on top of £500,000 allocated to it in Blackpool’s Town Deal.

The total funding of nearly £1m will be used to provide a ‘one stop shop’ for young jobseekers aged 16 to 24 within a vacant town centre unit in the Bickerstaffe House council offices.

The project will run until September 2023 and is among four schemes in the town to share a total of £778,638 from the Community Renewal Fund.

The Youth Hub will be in Bickerstaffe House

The Youth Hub will be in Bickerstaffe House

However the council, which submitted its bid in July, had asked for £2.8m in total for 12 projects including to support regeneration plans for Waterloo in South Shore and Claremont in North Shore.

Other projects to secure funding include Piloting Placed-based Innovation Catalysts which has been allocated £184,190 towards bringing together local expertise to stimulate regeneration.

A feasability study into the role of digital museums has been awarded £13,607 towards examining how digital archives can become a focus for civic pride and strengthen community cohesion.

A Ready for Work initiative to promote skills has also received £128,141.

The schemes are among 500 projects nationally set to benefit from a £220m injection of cash as part of the Community Renewal Fund.

Blackpool South Scott Benton said: “I welcome this new funding, which will help communities like Blackpool. This goes to show the government is keeping its promises to Level Up across the UK.”

But bids for £165,000 to deliver a feasability study into the “regeneration of the deprived Waterloo ward, determining local needs, the priorities for intervention and potential solutions”, and around £250,000 towards developing ideas for an ‘Our Clarement’ masterplan focused on the development of Egerton Square, are among those which have missed out.