Seagoe Youth Group has been celebrating after receiving its third grant in as many months.
The most recent is £9,000 from the Asda Foundation which the youth group will use to create a gym, buy musical equipment and develop an outdoor area and vegetable patch to grow produce for the community.
The group was told the good news last week and said it was “ecstatic”.
Meanwhile, a £10,000 grant from Awards for All is being used for the Revinvigor8 project, which got under way this week to create a resource room at Killicomaine Youth Centre, complete with work stations, six computers and two iPads, all of which are brand new.
The vision is that this will be somewhere quiet for young people to study and will go some way to close the educational gap which has been found to exist in the Protestant Unionist Loyalist (PUL) community.
And a further £5,000 was awarded by Children in Need to cover the cost of this year’s summer schemes which takes place throughout July and August.
The money has been used to pay for two staff members for the breakfast club, entrance fees, trips and a young leaders’ residential.
Children in Need also provided £500 to reward the volunteers, which will be used for a barbecue in August and a Christmas event.
Young people from the senior summer scheme along with members of Seagoe Youth Forum have been hard at work this week decorating the new resource room which has a black, white and cream colour scheme, to represent diversity.
The forum, which consists of young people aged 14-18, has also been responsible for other initiatives, including the creation of boards for the Secret Garden at Edenvilla, and a garden mural project board and painting of old flower boxes for the centre at Killicomaine.
The group has also designed and printed their own hoodies.
Seagoe Youth Group received the Asda grant as part of celebrations during July to mark the superstore’s 50th anniversary.
Just last week, the group received a visit from Asda’s #cakemyday van which delivered the cheque and also gave out cakes to delighted members of the youth club.
Kevin Quigley, leader in charge of the group, said, “When I got the call to say that we were receiving the Asda Foundation donation I genuinely couldn’t believe it. We were ecstatic! This money means so much to us.”
Elaine Livingstone, community life champion at Asda Portadown, said, “We see first-hand the work Seagoe Youth Group does within the community and it really is fitting they received the donation.”
Seagoe Youth Group provides support for young people aged 8–19 in the Portadown area, engaging them in team-building and social action projects. It includes the two main youth centres of Killicomaine and TRAX.
New members are always welcome.