Chalfont St Giles Youth Club in Buckinghamshire has secured a £50,000 grant from Biffa Award; a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund.
The Zone project, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Community Buildings theme, will provide a thermal roofing system for the new and existing hall, creating a warm and welcoming community facility within the village. Project works will also include the resurfacing of the play area.
The club, which was founded in 1950 by the local residents association, aims to increase personal and social development through social, recreational and educational activities for young people aged between six and 24. The club is currently open three evenings per week and offers a regular programme of events including: dance, outdoor sport and games, arts and crafts and keep fit. The extension to the building will enable to club to offer the local community and young people a more varied programme.
Hannah Hayes, Volunteer Youth Leader, said:
“With major cuts in youth work some years ago, we knew the only way to keep CSG youth club viable was to do it ourselves. The one thing that this has taught us is if you want something, you have to work for it.”
Ebony Jefferson, Youth Leader, said:
“I have always believed that there is something unique about SGC youth club and the volunteers that run it. The amazing grant from Biffa Award is not just about putting a roof on our new play area; it is giving the club and local young people a future.”
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
“We’re pleased to be able to support Chalfont St Giles Youth Club as they improve their facilities for the benefit of the whole community. This project is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund is making a difference right across the country.”