Unicom has recently re-launched its Community Support Scheme in Newcastle and after a great response, receiving many applications, has picked a third charity to award the funding to, Dunston Drop-In CIO.
The Dunston Drop-In is a recently established charity which supports 10-19 year olds in an area with one of the highest rates of deprivation in England. The young people it serves are no longer in education, employment or training (NEETs). The centre gives young people the guidance they need to enhance their skills and grow in confidence so they can reach their full potential. They also run a club in the evening for young people to relax and socialize.
The Drop-In provides a range of sessions, giving advice and support on issues ranging from sexual health, drugs and alcohol misuse to how to lead a healthy lifestyle, gives young people access to educational and training services as well as providing recreational activities.
The funding awarded by Unicom will be used to run a garden project over the summer. The young members will be tasked with designing, measuring, cutting, and building wooden flower boxes before potting layers of spring bulbs and assorted flowers and plants. They will also be generally tidying and re-planting flowers to enhance the centres outdoor area. They are currently looking for volunteers to assist with this and all other projects. Personal experience is not necessary but would help.
Pauline Dillon, who applied for the funding said “I would like to say how delighted I am on behalf of the young people, trustees and volunteers who have worked tirelessly over the last couple of years to get this Charity off the ground. A big thank you to the Community Support Scheme Panel for investing in our young people.”