Andy Burnham, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (third from left) visited the Copenhagen Youth Project on the Cally Pitch this evening to show his support for sport and art in the community. A visit by a cabinet minister is a huge endorsement of the quality of work on sports and art provided by CYP, the leading voluntary sector provider of activities for young people.
On a freezing cold night Andy watched local young people play football on the Cally Pitch which had been refurbished with over £30,000 raised by Cally girls. Andy then visited the new premises at 165 Cally Road that has just been taken over by CYP as a place to do art with young people to Arts Council standards.
Local Councillor Paul Convery, who also attended with Emily Thornberry MP had played a key role in providing funding for the new art studios leased from a local social landlord. The Secretary of State discussed the importance of good quality after school activity with Gill Calvert the CYP project manager, Stephen Griffiths senior youth worker, Antonia Benedek and Father Jim Kennedy Chair of CYP. Andy was impressed by the ambition of local young people he talked with.
CYP is entirely dependent upon rasing money to fund its work with hundreds of local young people every year – it is a small charity. If in these credit crunchie times you can afford to make a donation click here for a secure donation service via the Co-Op bank. Or if you would like to help with the organisation, drop me a line.