Mosses Centre gets £25,000 grant to run youth activities

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A CHARITY in Bury has received a £25,000 windfall to help keep young people off the streets.

The Mosses Community Association, which runs The Mosses Centre in Cecil Street, received the grant from People’s Health Trust in a bid to "improve community cohesion".

As a result, the centre will be able to provide twice-weekly activities for young people, with the launch of an evening club.

Peter Firth, chief officer at the centre, said: “All our trustees, staff and volunteers are heartened that the young people from the local community are benefiting from these activities and learning new skills for the future, thanks to this grant.”

The Mosses Centre hosts more than 40 activities, clubs and groups for all ages, and various community projects.

The association will also work in partnership with the Bury North neighbourhood policing team to set up a youth club for 11 to 19-year-olds on Monday evenings.

Another charity to receive a funding boost was Redeeming our Communities (ROC) in Radcliffe, which received £21,887.

Its centre in Coronation Road will create a breakfast club for primary and high school pupils. It will also open a new cafe for all ages called Roc ‘n’ Rolls Community Cafe, as well as holding weekly IT classes and providing work experience opportunities for disabled people.

Lawrence Bettany, national development manager of ROC, said: “We feel this project will create an increased sense of togetherness in the community.”

The grants were awarded by People’s Health Trust using money raised by HealthSustain Community Interest Company (CIC).

John Hume, the trust’s chief executive, said: “We are delighted to be investing in these local organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to grow, live, work and age.”

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