Local Member of Parliament, Robert Halfon, is calling on local youth organisations to apply for their share of £3 million of Government funding to offer more chances for young people to play sport, take part in arts and develop life skills this summer.
Harlow-based youth groups are able to apply now for funding to expand the opportunities on offer to young people aged 11 to 18, and those aged up to 25 with disabilities and special educational needs, over the summer. This includes sports groups, educational visits, days out and workshops that will benefit children and young people in and around Harlow.
Welcoming the announcement, Robert said, “The Million Hours Fund will enable local youth groups to support young people over the school summer break and engage them in exciting activities where they can meet new friends, learn new skills and develop new interests. Children and young people from across Harlow will benefit from activities and workshops where they can have fun whilst also learning vital skills to help them climb the ladder of opportunity.”
Confirming the funding, Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer said, “Every young person, no matter where they’re from, deserves the best start in life and opportunities to fulfil their potential. Youth clubs play a central role here - not only offering sports, games and skills development, but also helping support those in need and providing vital role models.
“Today we are opening applications for the first £3 million of the Million Hours Fund so youth organisations can deliver extra provision over the summer holidays - meaning more young people can enjoy and take part in positive and fun activities while school is out.”
This funding forms part of the Government’s ‘National Youth Guarantee’, which will ensure every young person aged between 11 and 18 in England has access to regular clubs and activities, adventures away from home, and volunteering opportunities by 2025.
Backed by an investment of more than £500 million, this includes the Youth Investment Fund, which will see young people benefit from the building and renovation of up to 300 youth centres in areas where need is high and existing youth provision is low over the next two years. More than £100 million has already been allocated, with construction or refurbishments underway.