North Lynn Discovery Centre banks £3,000 after a public vote

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North Lynn Discovery Centre, based on Columbia Way, has been awarded £3,000 by Lloyds Bank Community Fund after scooping up community’s support in a public vote.

The charity, which runs a variety of projects including sports and arts classes for youngsters, will use the money to fund 18- to 25-year-olds who are not in education, employment or training.

Last year 383 people gained 624 qualifications on site in courses ranging from customer care to construction, and centre manager Jimmy Yallop believes more youngsters are now set to receive help.

“We help young people build up their confidence and deal with issues in their lives around unemployment, their lifestyle, financial issues and many more,” he said.

“This grant is going to help hugely towards that. We have more than students a year and we don’t turn anyone away so we are always growing.

“We can give the one-to one support that will raise their aspirations and ensure they have the tools to achieve and gain employment, cutting the number of young people claiming benefits.

“We want to continue all the work we’ve started and the Community Fund, along with other grants, is allowing us to do that and plan for the future.”

Now in its second year, the Lloyds Bank Community Fund is giving grants to 1,332 community groups in 333 communities throughout England and Wales.

North Lynn Discovery Centre was established in 1996 and is run by a band of 40 volunteers and 21 staff, and Jimmy insists all their hard work is paying off after receiving the community support.

He added: “It’s just fantastic. We received over 50 per cent of the vote when there were other very good causes to vote for.”

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