LymeNet is looking to a bright future

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 December 2016 | UPDATED: 09:02 15 December 2016


Things are changing at LymeNet as the community education group looks to adapt to new demands.

Run by Lyme Regis Development Trust for almost 18 years, the charity organisation provides advice and teaching to improve people’s work and life skills

But as funding for its activities becomes ever harder to secure, it is having to create new approaches.

It has been fortunate to receive Lloyds Foundation funding for the last two years to support its teaching and enabling activities, but after 2016, when this grant finishes, it plans to offer new initiatives and services for the community.

Now the Development Trust is delighted to have been awarded ‘Power to Change’ funding - a Lottery initiative for community businesses which allows it to develop its approach.

A spokesman said: “We will focus much of this on the Lyme Hub as we hope to also develop our work more closely with young people. Despite the recent closure of the Dorset County Council run youth clubs, LRDT has managed to take on and find funding for this important role for the town, and has already recommenced with well-attended evening sessions – and we intend to go further.

“To complement youth provision, we will now have the facilities to also run training, including catering and domestic training, in the relaxed surroundings of the Hub kitchen/café, which is to be updated and made more flexible. We will also have new studio facilities in the Hub, with training on using new digital opportunities.

“We are currently applying to complement our current careers advice services with new contracts for one-to-one support into work, for young people and adults.

“As well as still being able offer IT etc training for adults, with new equipment, we will have flexibility for outreach to other locations, and intend to retain some ‘drop-in’ and ‘assisted internet’ facilities in Lyme.

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