Drop Inn Youth Centre wins £5,000

Andrea Fox celebrates winning the local Halifax Giving Extra Awards for The Drop Inn centre, Belper, with Halifax Local Director, Chris Gilder.

Following the success of the Halifax Giving Extra Awards over the last two years, Halifax sought to recognise even more people who always go 'above and beyond' to help others. The Giving Extra Awards programme is a UK-wide search for people who go the extra mile to give something back.

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A Belper community group has been presented with its second award in a matter of weeks, receiving £5,000 to help educate those aged over 16.

The Drop Inn Youth Centre was set up by Andrea Fox, and her commitment to the young people of Belper has been honoured after being named the regional winner in the Halifax Giving Extra awards.

In February, Andrea won the Stoke and Derby heat and once again impressed the judges. She said: “This is amazing. The money will go towards our project for over 16s. When they leave us there’s no funding for education for them and they won’t go into mainstream college, so our dream was to carry on supporting these young people.”

The centre provides a safe place for young people to visit during the evenings, and for the past four years has also provided a daytime training centre for young people not in mainstream education. As a result, more than 500 young people have gained formal qualifications, with some having accessed college as a result.

The £5,000 will allow Andrea and The Drop Inn to further develop an education project for over 16s. While the team volunteers their teaching and support, funding is needed for accreditation and transportation, thereby helping many young people with employability.

Russell Galley, group director at Halifax Community Bank, said: “Andrea plays a pivotal role within her community, making a positive difference supporting and educating young people.”