Youth group for needy children saved by £450,000 grant

Escape Intervention Services project manager Lynne Yousef, centre, and users celebrate their lottery grant
Escape Intervention Services project manager Lynne Yousef, centre, and users celebrate their lottery grant

AN organisation that helps disadvantaged young people in South Tyneside has been saved from closure thanks to a lottery grant of more than £450,000.

Escape Intervention Services, which is based in Market Dock, Long Row, has been awarded £458,950 from the Big Lottery Fund.

Project manager Lynne Yousef said: “This money has definitely saved us. We don’t get any funding from the local authority or the Clinical Commissioning Group so our future was very uncertain before we were awarded this grant.”

The organisation works with young carers, domestic violence victims, youngsters coping with abandonment, with poor mental health and a history of drug misuse.

They take part in activities like first aid training, cookery, trampolining bowling, swimming, gym courses, DJ workshops, trips including abseiling, orienteering and fishing as well as receiving training and employment opportunities.

Mrs Yousef added: “We were fortunate enough to be given Big Lottery Funding for four years in 2009 and that ran out at the end of November.

“This money will enable us to continue to provide activities for young people living in South Tyneside to improve their mental and physical health and psychological wellbeing.”

Women’s Health in South Tyneside (WHIST) was also given a grant of £137,335.

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