Honiton Youth Club moving on as charity

PUBLISHED: 15:00 26 February 2016

Hontion Youth Centre. Ref mhh 4311-30-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Hontion Youth Centre. Ref mhh 4311-30-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

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Honiton Youth Club (HYC) has received its full charity status after reopening its doors last September.

The announcement was made at a meeting of Honiton Town Council by Councillor Henry Brown, who is also the council’s youth champion and club’s co-chairman.

Mr Brown said: “The news was warmly received by all the town councillors, who are unanimous in their support of strengthening youth services in Honiton.”

He also praised the council’s clerk, Chetna Jones, who encouraged the club to apply for two main funding streams from the Community Capacity Fund and the Parishes Together Fund, which were crucial to getting it up and running.

The youth club opened its doors again last September, predominantly due to a group of Honiton residents dedicated to getting it back up and running.

Attaining the Charitable Incorportated Organisation (CIO) status is the result of nine months’ hard work.

Beyond the application process itself, various other elements were required for a successful registration - including securing enough funds, sourcing professional staff, selecting trustees and writing a feasible business plan and constitution.

The club can now employ people directly and enter into other contracts.

It will be regulated by the Charities Commission, which gives it integrity and credibility.

The club will also ensure good governance and that the service is run well.

The CIO status also allows it to bid for funding from other agencies and trusts.

As a charity, HYC may also be able to negotiate better prices on goods and services than ordinarily available to the public.


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