JADE project gets £10K cash boost

DINNINGTON is a step closer to getting its own version of a Kiveton youth group after getting a huge cash boost.

Dinnington Town Council has given £10,000 to bring the JADE - just another dance event - to Dinnington.

The project started as a dance event for young people in Kiveton Park in 1998, but quickly grew into a place where young people can go to socialise with each other seven days a week.

And since JADE started, the police have seen anti-social behaviour plummet, as the area’s young people have something positive to do instead.

Work is now well underway to bring a similar project to Dinnington. Premises on Laughton Road has already been secured and several funding bids have been submitted.

Last week Dinnington Town Council presented the project with a cheque for £10,000 at a Rother Valley South Area Assembly meeting.

Town councillor Jane Havenhand said: “JADE is a Kiveton based project and drop-in centre for young people.”

“We are trying to do a similar thing in Dinnington. We are quite far on. We have got a premises - the old Aladdins Cave and have a consortium of people and organisations working together.”

“Dinnington Town Council has donated £10,000 to the project. It will go a long way to helping. We’ve got some other funding bids going in.”

“We’re not sure when we will open. We are trying to get the young people involved. We’re going into schools and getting young people on vocational courses to come and help. Willmot Dixon have already offered to fit a training kitchen when we need it.”

Nicky Hayes, community support officer for Rother Valley South Area Assembly, said: “The Rother Valley South Area Assembly team is proud to support such a wonderful project.”

“The new JADE shop will provide diversionary activities for the young people of Dinnington and the surrounding villages. This project has been a joint effort between many agencies and the young people themselves who will help to shape their new drop in centre.”