£200,000 Lottery cash for Burnley Space Bus

The Space Bus which has just received more than �200,000 of funding (s)
The Space Bus which has just received more than �200,000 of funding (s)

A popular youth project which helps youngsters across the Burnley borough has been given more than £200,000 of lottery funding.

The cash, from the Big Lottery Fund, means the Youth Space Bus can continue to run for the next three years.

The Space Bus which has just received more than �200,000 worth of funding (s)

The Space Bus which has just received more than �200,000 worth of funding (s)

Bosses at scheme said they were delighted with the news and added the grant will enable them to focus on more targeted work with young people where it is needed.

The project works with people aged between seven and 20, supporting them with issues around school, homework, jobs, CVs, alcohol, drugs and sexual health.

It also aims to tackle anti-social behaviour by encouraging youngsters to use the bus rather than hang around the streets.

Lynne Blackburn, director and project manager for Participation Works, which runs the bus, said: “We are over the moon. The bus has a massive impact on young people.

“It’s really good because it’s three years’ funding so it will take some of the pressure off.

“We will also use the money to do some more targeted and specialist work with young people for example around self-esteem.

“The bus helps to break down issues for young people who come from deprived areas.

“It also breaks down issues surrounding boundaries and territory and we have staff with expert skills to provide support.

“We are going to continue with the work that we do but we realise we need to change it slightly.

“We realise that young people need more support and more one to ones.”

The bus is free to access and operates from Wednesday to Saturday nights.

It has six computers with internet access, Xboxes, Playstations, iPad, TV/DVD and chill out area, arts and crafts and sports equipment.