Boost for Shackles Off project

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Shackles Off at the Police and Crime Commissioner Community Awards Ceremony earlier this year.
Shackles Off at the Police and Crime Commissioner Community Awards Ceremony earlier this year.

Double celebrations are taking place at the Shackles Off youth project in Seascale.

The project has been awarded a £6,000 grant from DONG Energy’s Walney Extension Community Fund.

It is one of 16 organisations that has been given cash.

The project is also set to be awarded the High Sheriff's shield at an annual general meeting of the Neighbourhood Watch, in Workington, on Saturday.

Mandy Taylor, of Shackles Off, said she is delighted the project has been given both accolades

Speaking about the £6,000 grant, she said: "The money will be used for staffing for our youth work. It's the final piece in the jigsaw puzzle to make us fully funded for this year."

The Fund is made possible by DONG Energy which is developing the Walney Extension offshore wind farm off the Walney Island coast.

Each year, approximately £600,000 will be made available for community projects for the expected 25-year lifetime of the wind farm.

Humphrey Laidlaw, DONG Energy’s Policy Analyst, said: "We’re delighted to announce the latest round of successful applicants and to help support the positive impact that these groups and organisations have in the local community.

"DONG Energy is passionate about the region and we’re very proud of the strong relationships that Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm has formed in the local community.

"This community fund gives us a real opportunity to make a difference and will continue to do so for the lifetime of the project."

This year Shackles Off, which is based on South Parade, has also been given an award by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall, at the Community Awards Ceremony.

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