More youth organisations benefit from council's Chill Out Fund

A total of £19,900 was granted to help with a range of activities for young people across the county by Councillor Hilary Hibbert-Biles, Oxfordshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and the Voluntary Sector, at a meeting at County Hall on Wednesday, November 27.

Range of groups awarded funding

Schemes that received cash included Wood Farm Youth Centre, which was given £900 towards updating IT equipment which young people use, and Ascott-under-Wychwood Parish Council's Project Safe Play, which got a £5,000 contribution to the cost of a planned multi-use games area.

Fantasy vs Reality, a scheme run by the Abingdon DAMASCUS Youth Project designed in partnership with young people to raise awareness about the potential dangers the internet can bring, was awarded £2,500.

A further £1,500 was given to the Thomley Activity Project towards skill-building for younger people and £5,000 was made available to Witney Town Council to be used to help construct their Burwell Queen Elizabeth II Community Play Area.

Youth work in north Oxfordshire via the OYAP Trust's Bicester and Bretch Hill Youth Action Team will be boosted by a £4,000 grant and £1,000 was awarded to the Blackbird Leys Adventure Playground in Oxford towards various functions associated with the opening of an adventure playground.

Positive community work

Councillor Hibbert-Biles said: "There are many local organisations and groups who do a massive amount of positive work to improve the lives of young people all over Oxfordshire.

"The Chill Out Fund is there for these groups to apply to for funding to further enhance the provision of services for youngsters locally. I am sure the money I have granted will be used well."

Successful applicants to the £100,000 Chill Out Fund must match the amounts they are awarded.