Disadvantaged Dover youths' new opportunities

14 March 2017

Port of Dover Fund cheque for Porchlight

A scheme to inspire and motivate disadvantaged young people in Dover will soon launch, thanks to new funding.

The ‘Dover Springboard’ activities will be for 11 to 18-year-olds and their families in Folkestone Road and St Radiguns - two of the town's most deprived wards. The aim is to improve their health, social skills and confidence; get them more involved with the community; and develop positive attitudes towards education and their futures.

The activities will be run by Porchlight and are being funded by The Port of Dover Community Fund (£8,334) to the scheme and Southern Housing Group (£5,000). The money will allow us to run activities twice a week.

“We'll work with the young people to find activities that engage them whether that's sport,  creative pursuits or something else," said Porchlight's Aidan Gray. "Schemes like these can be really beneficial for young people. Thanks to the funding we’ve received, our workers can help them feel more confident about who they are and what they want to achieve in the future.”

The ‘Dover Springboard’ project aims to benefit up to 60 young people. More details will be announced soon.