Youth centre get £15,000 cash boost

Staff and young people at the Phoenix Centre
Staff and young people at the Phoenix Centre

Daventry’s Phoenix Youth Centre is to a receive £15,000 grant from Daventry Town Council (DTC) to fund its Friday Night Project.

The town council has financially backed the centre for the past three years, and in a key vote at a meeting on Tuesday night this week councillors opted to continue this support.

Founded in 1969, the Phoenix Centre offers a variety of outreach programs and activities for young people in the town, including a gymnastics, boxing and judo section, with over 700 visits each week.

Its Friday Night Project has been credited by police with reducing anti-social behaviour and providing a safe space young people in Daventry can go to meet friends, make new friends and receive specialist support from trained staff and volunteers.

Elaine Bedford, president of the Phoenix Youth Centre, said: “We are delighted to be carrying on with the partnership with Daventry Town Council. We have run clubs for young people in Daventry for a number of years but what we have found is that some young people find the clubs a very comfortable space.”

Ms Bedford said originally staff at the centre would help children contact statutory services, but increasingly their trained staff were offering a greater range of support.

“The money from DTC will cover the support we can give, the training for volunteers and some of the activities we can offer. At the end of the day these are Daventry’s young people and they will grow up into Daventry’s adult community.

“We must provide them with the support they need to do this.”