Commuted sums joy for YPC team
Work at the new Young People Count (YPC) office on Railway Street, Pocklington, has been helped by a cash boost from East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s commuted sums fund.
YPC was awarded £13,600 so it could install burglar alarms, fire alarms, a CCTV system, disability access including a disabled toilet, and new frontage and signage at the property.
The funding also contributed to solicitors’ fees.
In addition to the Commuted Sums cash, Young People Count received £10,000 from Love Your High Street, £10,000 from FJH Property Solutions and raised £20,000 in fundraising activities towards the larger £65,000 project of moving to their new home.
Tony Barker, project manager, said: “The Pocklington-based youth charity, YPC, has used its share of £13,600 in Commuted Sums to help refurbish its new premises, providing 11-18 year olds in the town and surrounding areas with their first dedicated youth venue since 2013.
“The YPC building is due to open in Spring 2021 in Railway Street, with a range of creative spaces, café bar, a homework hub, and a VR room.”
Councillor Gary McMaster, portfolio holder for enhancing communities, said: “This is an excellent project in Pocklington, and I am delighted that we have been able to facilitate these improvements through Commuted Sums, provided by local housing developments as a condition of their planning approval.”
The building is expected to be open initially from 4pm-8pm on weekdays.
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