An independent, community-managed youth group based in Harleston has been given the opportunity to expand its activities for local children and teenagers after receiving grants from two separate funding schemes.
Exchange2, a voluntary charity that hosts regular ‘drop-in’ evenings at the Harleston Town Football Club Recreation Ground, has received money from Comic Relief’s Stronger Communities Programme and South Norfolk Council’s Neighbourhood Fund, allowing it to purchase new games and equipment and draw up plans for extended opening hours at their Wilderness Lane portable building throughout the school summer holidays.
The group held a free sports day-style event and a barbecue on Friday afternoon in celebration of their newfound growth, which was well attended by children aged between 11 and 16 years old.
Harleston district councillor Jeremy Savage, who has been a long time supporter of the youth group, said: “It is good to see local young people benefiting from facilities, such as those provided by the Exchange2 charity, and that the hard work and commitment of the volunteers has been recognised.”
According to Exchange2 chairman Kevin Garnham, the funding will be used to promote use of the nearby multi-purpose sports facility, provided by Harleston Council, as well as introduce a range of outdoor activities, including hockey, tennis, athletics and orienteering exercises, and indoor activities such as pool, table football, music and Warhammer.
The group meets on Tuesdays between 5.30-8pm and Thursdays between 3.30-5pm at The Cabin, next to the leisure centre. To learn more, visit www.exchange2.org