VIDEO: Groups celebrate community grants

Community groups across Castleford are celebrating after securing a share of £35,000 to help keep youngsters out of trouble.

The Positive Choices scheme - run by Wakefield Council, Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) and West Yorkshire Police - has awarded grants to 20 groups across the town which provide activities for youngsters aged 11 to 18.

The cash was awarded at an event at Castleford Civic Centre last Thursday which saw more than 250 people vote for their favourite groups.

Joanne Smith, WDH’s area manager, said: “This Positive Choices event has been even better than the last with even more groups involved and more people turning up to vote.

“Events like this are a perfect example of how people can pull together to make a positive difference to the lives of local people.”

One of the groups to receive funding was Glass Houghton Cricket Club.

The group will be able to buy winter nets for youngsters to use and host cricket camps next Easter.

Mark Morrison, club committee member, said: “We are really grateful for the money, it means a lot to us.

“It will allow us to carry on the great work we have done for the past 118 years.”

Another group to successfully bid for funding was the Friends of Fryston Woods.

Their grant will allow them to continue teaching youngsters woodland skills.

Steve Wright, group secretary, said: “Our group is entirely grant funded so this money really is a big deal for us.”

Other groups to receive funding included seven schemes at Airedale Academy, Castleford Tigers Trust, The Hut Duke of Edinburgh Group, Castleford Town Football Club, Youth Skills Dangerous Boys Club and Youth Services Pamper Project.

Coun Maureen Cummings, cabinet member for environment and communities at Wakefield Council, said: “I am sure the projects will have a positive impact on reducing anti-social behaviour in Castleford.”