Published: Wednesday, 3rd July 2019

Medway Council has received funding from the National Express Foundation to build a community kitchen facility at the WREC Room in the Pentagon Shopping Centre in Chatham.

The £10,000 grant will help to continue to provide opportunities and essential life skills to young people.

The National Express charity aims to support disadvantaged young people and it has in 2019 committed more than £300,000 to support 17 community groups and two educational institutions. The foundation provides financial support to grass-roots community groups whose aim is to engage young people and steer them away from becoming involved in anti-social behaviour.

The WREC Room opened in January 2019, and this has already become an important provision for the Medway Youth Services team connecting with even more young people. With the new kitchen facilities we will offer regular cooking programme to young people who will be able to work towards nationally recognised accreditations whilst learning about cookery and food hygiene. The kitchen will also be used for delivery for the Be Yourself free personal development programme, for young people aged 16 to 21 who are not in education or employment.

Enhancing young people's skills

Mark Jones, Chair, Woodies Charity Trustees said: "The Woodies Charity Trustees are delighted with the outcome and are grateful to the National Express Foundation for their positive consideration of our bid. This result illustrates the value of the partnership between the Voluntary Youth Centre Management Committees and Medway Council, in developing programmes which enhance the personal and social skills of young people, to help them grow in maturity as individuals and members of society."

Supporting young people

Cllr Josie Iles, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, said: “Supporting young people after they leave education is one of our key priorities. We would like to thank the National Express Foundation for believing in our scheme as much as we do. This funding will enable us to improve our current programmes and offer it to more young people.”

Proud of the support we provide

Anthony Vigor, Chairman of the National Express Foundation, said: “We are proud of the support we’ve been able to provide for young people in the communities that we serve. Our grants help groups deliver fantastic developmental activities for young people and also those who might not otherwise have the means to continue with their studies in further and higher education.”

Find out more about Medway Council’s youth programmes and the support they provide.

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