New co-ordinator to head up Huntingdon youth holiday scheme

A YOUTH holiday activity scheme credited with reducing anti-social behaviour in Huntingdon has clawed its way back from the brink of closure and is looking to recruit a new co-ordinator.

The Fusion scheme will be putting on a host of activities for youngsters aged eight to 17 during next week’s February half-term holiday – less than nine months after its core funding was axed.

In August, the scheme organisers at Huntingdon Youth Centre secured a �10,000 funding deal with Alconbury Airfield developers Urban and Civic and the Hinchingbrooke Foundation for two years, which allowed it to run for the summer.

And last year it was awarded a �41,000 grant from Cambridgeshire County Council’s transformation fund for a part-time co-ordinator.

Advertising the role will begin after this month, to enable a new person to be in post by the summer. Youth development co-ordinator Kerrie Tonks said: “The post-holder will be required to work 17 hours a week, although I need someone who would work 35 hours a week during the holidays and 12-and-a-half a week for the rest of the time.”

The next step will be for the scheme’s management committee to apply for charitable status.

INFORMATION: Fusion runs Monday to Friday from 2-5pm, and Monday to Thursday from 6-8pm.