01:34PM, Tuesday 29 March 2016
Generous amounts of cash were dished out at the Royal Borough’s Youth Voice, Youth Choice awards on Tuesday, March 22.
The winners were chosen in an online public vote on the council’s youth services website and handed their cheques at the Windsor Guildhall following a performance by musician Livvy Beer.
The funding was divided into four categories: individual, youth group, targeted group and school.
Olivia Stevens won the individual category, scooping £2,500 for a Duke of Edinburgh expedition and first aid training.
The Windsor and Eton Sea Cadets won the youth group category, receiving £2,500 towards a minibus.
Speaking on behalf of the sea cadets, co-cadet Ross Fleming said: “This will enable all cadets to go on events and help cadets that could not travel.”
The targeted group funding went to Kickback Children in Care Council, a team dedicated to supporting people leaving foster care, and represented on the night by Daisy Phillips.
The team will spend the money on a six-week course to support care leavers, plus a moving pack and information.
Finally, £2,500 was awarded to Windsor Girls’ School, represented by Rosanna Armitage and Katie Holmes, to be spent on gazebo-style shelters to allow pupils to take advantage of their outdoor space whatever the weather.
Cllr Natasha Airey, cabinet member for youth services and safeguarding, said: “I’m delighted that we can give this funding once again, and what makes it even better is that the borough's young people vote for the winners, so they are not simply chosen by the council.”
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