Phoenix centre looks to future

A THREE-year grant application to help grow a town youth centre is set to be discussed by councillors.

The Phoenix Centre is looking to get funding from Daventry Town Council which will consider the application at a meeting on Monday evening.

The centre’s vice-chairman Elaine Bedford said: “We’re asking for the money to support the activities that we do and to help us develop.

“We lost our strategic funding from Northamptonshire County Council this year, which is why we’re having to look elsewhere for money.”

The town council documents show the application is for a total grant just short of £45,000. The money will cover three years, with the majority needed in the first year.

The centre runs things like music nights, a cafe and other events for young people. It also hosts the Daventry Phoenix Gymnastics Club, a boxing group and judo classes, all for young people.

Mrs Bedford said: “The money would help us in two ways. Firstly it’ll help support a member of staff to develop the programme, promote the centre and seek out other sources of funding.

“Secondly, it will support a partnership we’re hoping to go into which will see an external organisation come in and offer a really great programme for young people.”

In August the centre was given a £20,000 grant by the town council to take them up until the end of the financial year. It was also then that the centre was invited back to present a case for longer term funding.

Mrs Bedford said: “The main aim is to get young people to come to the Phoenix Centre and use the building by offering the sort of things they want to do and that will be useful to them.”