PRUDHOE Youth Project has received a substantial financial boost to help support young people in the community.

The project was awarded a grant of £8,000 from the town’s Youth Charity Shop. The money will be used to provide issue-based advice to young people over the next year.

Two youth workers from Children North East have already started to hold a free weekly drop-in session on Wednesday evenings at Miners Lamp cafe in West Wylam.

It comes after youth workers in the town were made aware of issues around sexual and mental health, and identity issues among Prudhoe’s youngsters.

The project’s chairwoman, Rachel Noble, said: “We are really grateful to the charity shop for their funding. We know young people need somewhere to go on difficult issues and the Miners Lamp is a good place to host this additional session.”

The Youth Charity Shop has supported youth groups in Prudhoe for years.

Trustee Carrie Green, said “We have been impressed by the way that Prudhoe Youth Project is bringing new ideas and approaches into the town. We wanted to help them expand their activities.”