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Prayers answered in hopes of caf; CHURCH: Youth work to reach another level thanks to drop-in centre windfall.

Byline: Matt Lloyd

A BLACK COUNTRY church is celebrating a pounds 10,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund's Awards for All programme.

Central Methodist Church, based at the Wesley Centre, Spring Head, Wednesbury, will use the cash to carry its youth programme to another level by opening a youth caf.

The drop-in centre will give teenagers a place to go after school where they can socialise and finish homework with free wireless broadband on offer.

Rev Andrew Farrington said: "It will be in the church but there will be no attempt to evangelise.

"It's about having somewhere to go for a couple of hours after school to carry on working and to have some social interaction. The caf will be a place they can come. We already do a lot of outreach work in the schools.

"We've just done a youth activity fortnight and had 35 kids involved. We've managed to take them all sorts of places and they don't have to pay very much."

Also celebrating are The British Transport Pensioners Federation Walsall's branch.

The federation received pounds 1,135 to extend the provision of service to less physically able and hard of hearing members of the community.

The new resources will help to reduce isolation in the elderly community by extending access and participation to the group's social outings and activities.

Lottery awards were also handed to organisations including pounds 9,900 for Green Rock Primary School, Walsall, to provide out-of-school arts activities, pounds 4,493 to The New Park Village Tenant Management Co-operative Ltd towards a healthy eating initiative and pounds 9,050 to Wilkinson Primary School, Wolverhampton, to inspire its students and members from the community to learn horticultural skills while developing and maintaining a new wildlife area and garden within the school's grounds.
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