21474  East_Folkestone_Change
Published: 01 October 2010 An initiative to help breathe new life and hope into one of Folkestone’s most economically and socially deprived areas is taking its message onto the streets.

The East Folkestone Together (EFT) Programme has been established to improve the wards of East Folkestone, Harvey Central, Harbour and Foord.

The Programme has already succeeded in making a real difference to residents and on Thursday 7 October it will be staging an event in Folkestone town centre to publicise its work and to get more people involved.

East Folkestone Together is made up of residents, councillors and representatives from different organisations. It’s funded by Shepway District Council to improve the quality of the area and the lives of residents, help boost employment and encourage business and regeneration.

Neighbourhood Officer Jenny Bullows said: “The EFT has so far achieved a community litter pick, practical help to assist people into the jobs market and an improvement projects in Eastfields area, which includes new lighting and litter bins.

“East Folkestone Together was successful in securing funding for the Inspiring Communities Programme to run 20 activities for young people aged 11 to 14 and the community of Harbour and Harvey Central wards.”

Yvonne Holder, Inspiring Communities Programme Co-ordinator said young people and their parents have already completed a web design course, taken part in a music workshop and will shortly be attending a careers fair in London. Pupils at Folkestone Academy have been busy setting up and running a business with the profits going to their chosen charity.

Yvonne said: “There are so many positive things going on that we decided to take our message into the town centre to explain what we are doing and how people can get involved in making their community a better place.

“On 7 October we are in Sandgate Road (in front of Costa Coffee) from 10am to 4pm, providing information on our different initiatives, handing out leaflets and branded goodies. We hope to spread the word to as many people as possible,” she added.

Yvonne said the aim of the Inspiring Communities Programme is to inspire young people. “And it is important that as many of the activities we have put in place are sustained into the future for the benefit of East Folkestone and its people.”

For more information on East Folkestone Change Together and to get involved call 01303 853331 or email eft@shepway.gov.uk

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