Council funding helps Ernesettle youth project shoot for stars


An Ernesettle youth project is shooting for the stars after a rocketing £20,000 funding boost from Plymouth City Council.

SPACE Shot supports young people between the ages of 10 and 19 and is run by Plymouth charity Barefoot. SPACE Shot has now worked with a total of 293 individual young people from different backgrounds with different social needs.

The council’s City Change Fund, which funds projects for local people through a partnership with Crowdfunder, has pledged £17,500, the former Lord Mayor Councillor Pauline Murphy has donated a further £3,000 and Councillors Mark Lowry, Peter Smith and John Riley have all added £500 each from their community grants.

Councillor Terri Beer, Cabinet member for Children and Young People said: “SPACE Shot is so very important to the community of Ernesettle and I’m so glad that as a council we’ve been able to support them financially so that their sterling work continues into the future.”

SPACE Shot provides three sessions of open access youth work a week and offer a safe place where all young people are welcome.

Over time, youth workers have built trusting relationships with the young people who attend SPACE Shot, many of whom face a variety of problems. In 2016/17, the charity supported young people struggling with drug and alcohol issues or suffering from mental health problems, teenage parents or young people facing pregnancy as well as many others who are not in education, employment or training.

The City Change Fund is a pioneering project in which some of the city’s Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) money goes to support local projects through a partnership with Crowdfunder.

The CIL is a charge made on certain new developments, like housing or student accommodation. Most of the money is spent on things that keep the city running like roads, schools and parks, but some can be spent by communities to improve what happens in their local area.

Crowdfunder is an online platform that allows the public to pledge money towards causes or projects which they feel worthy of support.

If you would like to know more or help to fund SPACE Shot visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/support-space-shot-youth-project/

The City Change Fund is an ongoing fund of over £100,000 that can contribute to any projects in the city that are trying to improve things in the city or a local community. If you have an idea, go to www.crowdfunder.co.uk/plymouth to find out how to add your project.