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£4.5 million for positive youth activities and to improve community relations - Tuesday 19 August 2008

Young people across the country are to experience adventure, arts, media projects and residential summer camps, thanks to a £4.5 million cash injection, outlined today by the Children’s Minister Beverley Hughes.

Some of the extra funding will give young people particularly those in deprived areas, the chance to attend community cohesion themed camps which start this autumn as well as mainstream summer camps. These camps will encourage young people to develop their social and emotional skills and build understanding and appreciation of others from different backgrounds.

The funding will also provide activities and projects young people want, at the times they need them, all year round. These will bring together young people from different backgrounds, gender, race, ethnicity and religion and will aim to help promote positive community relations. The projects will help to occupy vulnerable young people who may otherwise get involved in antisocial behaviour.

Some of the themes that will be included at these camps include:

• gang activity and its impact on the community;
• managing rivalry and conflict between two areas;
• community issues and celebrating diversity; anti-racism;
• reducing isolation and improving self-worth;

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