Training grant given to youth advice service

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A CHARITY which offers support, guidance and information to young people in the area has been given a grant to help its volunteers.

Daventry District Council (DDC) has awarded Time2Talk a grant of £1,000 to help train its staff and volunteers.

The counselling service is based at The Abbey off Daventry’s Market Square and offers support for young people aged between 13 and 25-years-old.

The grant has been awarded from the allocation of money generated through the council’s second home fund for community and voluntary groups and will enable the charity to offer more training to its volunteers and staff.

Andy Nixon, manager of Time2Talk, said: “Training is so important to maintain the skills of the staff and volunteer team and this will help us considerably with that.

“Four members of staff and eight volunteers will not only benefit in terms of their own development, but this will help us deliver better services to the 2,500 individual young people who access our service each year.”

Cllr Alan Hills, portfolio holder for community, culture and leisure at DDC, added: “We are delighted to be able to help this much valued service train its volunteers and staff through the second home funding, and I hope that it provides many benefits.”

The second home funding comes from a reduction in the council tax discount given to second homes.

Previously their owners only had to pay 50 per cent of their council tax, but not they have to pay 90 per cent.

The change has given the district council a pot of £70,000 which is has earmarked for spending on local community projects and initiatives.

Already, students at Daventry Music Service have been given subsidies on their fees after the scheme was given £15,000. Youth groups will also get a say in how £25,000 is allocated.

Money has also gone to the Daventry and District Over 50s Forum (DOF), and the Daventry Job Club.