Published on 13th November 2012

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Local youth groups are celebrating after receiving a share of money from Cheltenham Borough Council’s ‘positive activities’ fund.

In its second year running, the fund is designed to improve the health and wellbeing of young people; this time around it has been divided between nineteen groups.

The fund - which Gloucestershire County Council has allocated £50k towards – has gone to a variety of youth groups, neighbourhood associations, partnerships and community projects.  

Councillor Rowena Hay, cabinet member for sport and culture said: “I am really pleased that between us and the county council, we have been able to support so many different voluntary and community groups. The response to the funding has demonstrated the sheer commitment and enthusiasm of local groups to take on the challenge of providing activities for young people in our town. We recognise and welcome this effort.’’

Councillor Paul McLain, cabinet member for vulnerable families, Gloucestershire County Council, said: “I’m pleased that the funding allocated by Gloucestershire County Council has now been awarded to organisations for young people working across Cheltenham. These organisations are giving children and young people things to do, the chance to meet with friends and to build on skills and experience. An investment in something like a new scout group can make a big difference.

“I’m passionate about the benefits of sport, exercise and team building for young people. There are a huge number of local sports clubs and groups doing great work in Cheltenham, running junior teams and organising training sessions for young people.  With childhood obesity on the increase, I’d be really keen for them to consider bidding for future funding rounds.”

Some of the successful applicants include: Granley residents’ association who want to provide street-based youth work in Benhall; County Community Projects so that they can run an evening youth cafĂ©; Cheltenham District Scouts for a new scout group in the Oakley area; and the Cheltenham Sea Cadets so that they can deliver training and a further qualification for their young cadets.

See the full list of successful applications.



Katie Sandey, Communications team leader, telephone 01242 775050 or email