CHADD On-Route Foyer in Dudley has been part of this challenge and celebrated the opening of their new Base 97 Project on 20th November with Ian Austin MP and Dudley Mayor Steve Waltho.
The project was made possible after receiving a £24,487 funding boost from SITA Trust to develop a local community project.
The grant has provided the opportunity for young people in Dudley to take the lead in renovating an unusable basement area into leisure and meeting space for the benefit of young people living and training at the Foyer and the wider local community.
With the support and guidance from a local builder, 25 young people volunteered their time and had the opportunity to develop plastering, carpentry and painting skills.
Jillian Hartland, Service Manager for CHADD, said:
“This community project has given young people the opportunity to develop their confidence and sense of community. By being given the chance to tap into and use their creativity and talents they have improved facilities that others can enjoy.”
Marianne Ivin of SITA Trust added:
“SITA Trust provides grants through the Landfill Communities Fund. This important source of funding has been available since 1997 and has provided such worthy projects with more than £1.4 billion.”
Ian Austin said:
“The Foyer Project does brilliant work offering new skills and training to local young people who have missed out on education earlier in life, so I’m delighted to help launch their latest project.
“We need to make education and skills our number one priority in Dudley because it’s the only way that we will attract new investment and jobs to the area.”