The Folkestone Youth Project, better known to its friends and users as ‘The Shed’, has received a donation of £500 from Folkestone Channel Rotary Club to help buy furniture, fabric and paint for its new home in Bradstone Avenue near the railway viaduct. Project Leader Ruth Tyler received the cheque from Channel Rotary President Bill Flavell this Tuesday (see pic) and said “Thank you so much to Channel Rotary. We have very little finance and facilities and your donation means a great deal to everyone who benefits from The Shed.”

As you can see from the photo, the Shed needs a lot of work, much of which is being done by Ruth and her team who assist with the large number of youngsters (typically aged 10 to 25) who use the facilities, some from the most deprived neighbourhoods in Folkestone. Electricity, lighting, heating and other essential services are being installed now in freezing conditions with the target of an official opening around end March.

The Shed is also used by the Kent Refugee Action Network to support young people in the asylum system, who live in our area, to adjust to living in the UK and with their education.

Ruth wants to make The Shed a valued part of the local community and will welcome any ideas about how this may be done and any volunteers who are prepared to assist with the refurbishment and on-going community work. One plan is to improve the general appearance of the site and make it as environmentally friendly as possible.

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