Yvette Cooper MP

Working hard for Normanton, Pontefract, Castleford & Knottingley

MP backs campaign for Normanton Youth

Local MP Yvette Cooper has joined local councillors and Police & Crime Commissioner candidate Mark Burns Williamson to campaign for youth services in Normanton despite Government cuts.

Cuts in Government funding have meant The Shed in Haw Hill Park closed after a member of staff couldn’t be replaced and the Well Project on Sunny Bank is under threat too. So local councillors are looking for new ways to support and re-open services including backing a Big Lottery Bid for the Well project that could be used to help maintain the Shed too.

Yvette is also urging local businesses and community organisations in Normanton to pull together and see what can be done to help young people in the area who are being hardest hit by government cuts.

 

Yvette Cooper MP said:

“Youth services are being heavily hit by Government cuts. Yet everyone knows it makes a real difference if young people have things to do and places to go - giving them more opportunities and preventing long term problems like antisocial behaviour too. 

The Government is making short term and wrong decisions that will cost us all more later on. We need to do everything we can to support Normanton young people and the local community

That's why we're backing the Lottery Bid for the Well Project to support its excellent work and to get the Hut reopened too. Council funding is being hit by £22m in cuts. That's why we need everyone in the community, including businesses and community groups, to pull together and see what can be done.”

The Well project manager, Jenny Farrall- Bird, said,
“The Well project has been running for 3 years from our building on the Woodhouse Estate and has made a difference to the lives, not only of the young people in Normanton but to the whole community as the young people have a centre where they can go to take part in activities or just chill out rather than be on the streets. We are looking to expand our work to operate from The Shed in Haw Hill Park to engage with more young people.
 “We are a charity and need to constantly fundraise to keep the project going, which is even harder in these economic times. We are pinning our hopes on the BIG Lottery bid but would ask everyone to support this worthwhile project and the future of the young people of Normanton.”

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