Nottingham

CiN's Lenton scheme to 'raise aspirations'

A project which aims to keep children off the streets of Nottingham and away from gangs is being helped by a grant from Children In Need.

Activ8Uth is dedicated to the social, cultural and educational development of the young people of Lenton.

The CiN grant is funding a part-time youth worker at the Lenton Centre, where the project is being run.

Nicci Robinson, manager of the sessions for five to 18-year-olds, said it was helping raise aspirations.

"We're the only quality, reliable provision in the area out of school," said Ms Robinson, who has been working at the Lenton Centre for 13 years.

"I can't put into words how important the project is."

She said that if the young people did not have the Lenton Centre they would probably be on the streets.

"Nowadays it's that little bit more dangerous," she said.

"There's a local drug gang trying to recruit local people and we're working against that to try and keep them away."

CiN currently has more than 28 active grants in Nottinghamshire amounting to £1.2 million.

BBC Local Radio is hosting 22 special screenings of Grease in aid of CiN, at Cineworld cinemas across England on Tuesday 15 November. Tickets are £6, with £5 going to CiN. More details here.

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