Funding boost for project

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A project to help disadvantaged young people find their hidden talent has received £7,000 in funding.

The Calderdale Foyer’s year-long Open Talent project has been handed the funding by the national Foyer Federation.

The Halifax-based branch, who are part of Calderdale Council, have been active for six years, providing a homelessness service for people aged between 16 and 25.

They are hosting a launch day on Monday at the Heath Training and Development Centre, including a visit from former Great Britain basketball player Carl Miller.

Roxanne Bahri, from the Foyer, said: “It’s fantastic because we’re quite a small service so it’s really going to help us massively.

“It’ll mean we can provide activities and opportunities we’ve never been able to before.

“We’ve invited people from other services such as the Youth Offending Team and Project Challenge.

“It’s all about acknowledging talent that otherwise might go amiss.

“It could be someone having a talent for photography but never having owned a camera.

“This project will help people find things they are good at and help them develop those talents.

“It’s for disadvantaged young people from all walks of life. A lot of them have suffered family breakdown and need support.”