Duffryn youth project given a boost by High Sheriff

19th May 2023

A charity in Newport has had a £5000 boost from the Gwent High Sheriff's fund.

Duffryn Community Link was awarded the money to support its weekly youth clubs and its outreach work in the community.

The charity runs two youth clubs a week from John Frost High School. It also carries out detached youth work, breaking down barriers with young people in the local area.

Darcie Williams, operations manager, said: "The number of young people coming to our youth clubs has shot up over the last few months. We offer three sessions for different ages, and are getting more than 40 people a night through the door.

"This funding will help us with food and equipment costs, and allow us to continue supporting children and young people in our community."

The Gwent High Sheriff’s Fund aims to provide a safer and better quality of life for people in Gwent by supporting projects that help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.

The High Sheriff, Professor Simon Gibson, CBE, DL said: “Enthusiasm, determination and caring best describe the team at the Duffryn Community Link. They are helping meet the varying needs of young people including activities, nutrition and a kind listening ear with a aim to provide a positive life path.”

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner contributes £65,000 to the High Sheriff's fund.

Police and Crime Commissioner Jeff Cuthbert said: "We supported Duffryn Community Link to establish its youth club in 2019 and it is fantastic to see it flourishing.

"By giving young people a safe place to go, supported by trusted adults, we can help to keep them away from crime and antisocial behaviour."