WHP MayorIt was fantastic to visit the White Horse project at the Boilerhouse in Waterfoot. The former industrial site is a safe haven for nearly 80 children and young people, aged 11 to 18 who can use the facility three nights a week.
While homework clubs and special workshops are arranged on Mondays and Wednesdays, Friday nights are social with a range of activities including computer games, pool and a weekly quiz. Despite the range of ages and interests, the atmosphere is one of both fun and respect. It was particularly heartening to meet some of the young volunteers who had been coming for years and were now taking on their first leadership positions.
The project is run on a shoe string by a team of volunteers, including Reverend Rod Bevan from St Anne’s Church and Rossendale Mayor, Amanda Robertson (pictured above). A number of local businesses have made small donations to cover running costs and some of the equipment. Sadly though the initiative has been the victim of the 50% cuts imposed on Rossendale Borough Council’s budget and seen its grant removed.
Around £7,000 is needed to cover the rent in the year ahead and ensure that, after five fantastic years, the project can continue to go from strength to strength. All contributions and ideas for funding sources are welcome.
This entry was posted in Community and tagged spending cuts, White Horse project on March 25, 2014 by Will Straw.
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