Calling All Teenagers!!

Young people in Dorset are invited to apply for a share of £100,000 to help improve facilities in their local area.

The Youth Opportunity Fund is managed by the Dorset Youth Council (DYC), which is made up of young people, and is supported by Dorset County Council's youth and community service.

Despite the current financial difficulties, Dorset County Council's children's services directorate has been able to identify £100,000 for the Youth Opportunity Fund for 2011/12.

DYC is seeking bids directly from young people, aged 13-19 years, for improvements they would like to see in facilities available to them in their towns and villages.

Members of DYC will be awarding money to successful applicants on a regular basis throughout this financial year.

Participation youth worker Shani Bancroft said:

"It's great that we'e able to help young people make a difference in their communities. This funding offers a golden opportunity for young people to work together to develop and improve facilities in their area, so they have a wider range of things to do."

The deadline for applications is 29 April. There will also be another opportunity to submit applications in September.

For more information and an application form call 01305 851062 or visit: