Harborough youth project goes out with a bang

The Speak Out team, which organised the event, from left, Melissa English, Imogen James, Bebhinn Tankard,  Liliana Veneziale and Kruti Pabari, with other young and adult attendees
The Speak Out team, which organised the event, from left, Melissa English, Imogen James, Bebhinn Tankard, Liliana Veneziale and Kruti Pabari, with other young and adult attendees

The Rural Youth Voice Project in the Harborough district has come to an end with a fitting grand finale.

The Big Lottery-funded project has been working across the Harborough district for the past five years to help young people in isolated rural areas.

Over the years it has given young people the chance to have their views heard and recognised while enabling them to take action themselves to improve their communities.

However, funding for the five-year project has now run its course.

Mel Gould, the projects manager of the new Harborough District Children and Young People’s Charity, said: “Despite the funding finishing, the good news is that many of the projects it started and supported are still going strong.

“In fact, the end of the project marks a new phase for these projects.

“Some of them, such as the Chill Out Bus, are now hosted by our charity, which was established with the help of The Rural Youth Voice Project.”

A party was held at Harborough Town Football Club last month to celebrate the project’s achievements.

The team behind the Speak Out magazine – one of the projects supported by the organisation – arranged the event. It included a hog roast and fun activities.

A special award was presented to Sian Ponting, the former co-ordinator of the project, to recognise the support she gave to young people over the past five years.

She said: “The Speak Out members did an amazing job.

“I was so impressed with how professional it was, and how everyone spoke brilliantly in front of people.

“The games were ace too.”

The party brought together adults and young people from across the Harborough and Lutterworth area.

Among the guests were the Mayor of Lutterworth, Cllr Philip Toye, and the chairman of Harborough District Council, Cllr Neville Hall.

Cllr Hall said: “We were very impressed with the event.

“It was a great way to finish the five years.”

The Speak Out team thanked everyone who came.

For more details about the Harborough District Children and Young People’s Charity, email mel@hcyc.org.uk.