Back youth charity’s £5,000 bid to develop

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A YOUTH charity which was narrowly saved from closure is urging Belper people to get behind a £5,000 funding bid.

The Drop Inn is one of just four charities in Derbyshire to be chosen for the finals of the Lloyds Banking Group Community Fund.

In March, the charity was saved from closure by a £4,000 emergency grant from the town council.

Now, they plan to expand their ‘Jam Jar’ music studio with extra recording equipment and sound-proofing.

Andrea Fox, founder of the Drop Inn on Derwent Street, said: “I have seen so many young people come through here and leave as much more confident individuals through the music offering we have here.

“Just this week we have had three young people who got onto the bill at the Bearded Theory Festival at the last minute.

“We have had funding difficulties recently but now we have a little bit behind us we are hoping that we can build on what we have here.”

The Lloyds fund, which this year is tying in with the timings of the Olympic Torch Relay, aims to “unlock the potential” of young people by supporting UK communities at the grass roots. In 2012, 140 local good causes will be given a grant. Winners will be announced in October.

However, before they get to that stage, the Drop Inn needs local people to get on the interet and vote.

The centre has been running for 12 years and was recognised nationally; 5,000 young people have taken part in courses and more than 500 have gained qualifications.

“We were kindly nominated by Lloyds branch manager Ian Quinn for this as the only good cause in the town to go forward,” Andrea said.

“We now need help from our community and would ask people to get behind us, support us and vote online,”

Anyone who votes could win tickets to the Olympics. Log-on to www.lloydsbankinggroupcommunities.com/communityfund .