THE YMCA in Taunton has received a share of £90million to help provide services to young people in the area.

The money comes in the form of a grant from the Youth Investment Fund, which benefits over 140 youth projects across England.

Today’s announcement includes over £82 million in large capital grants alongside over £8 million in smaller refurbishment grants, created to enable smaller grassroots youth organisations, as well as larger facilities, to benefit from the fund and renovate their spaces.

On Twitter, a spokesperson for YMCA Taunton said: "Great news for young people in Taunton. We've been awarded a Youth Investment Fund grant from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and Social Investment Business to boost our youth service, reach more young people & create amazing opportunities for them to have fun & thrive."

Nick Temple, the Social Investment Business' CEO, said: "The Youth Investment Fund is transforming the youth service landscape right across the country, enabling youth centres of all shapes and sizes to enhance their services and reach more young people. 

Leigh Middleton, Chief Executive, National Youth Agency, added: “Youth Clubs are a vital part of the youth ecosystem providing the support of a trusted adult outside the school gates.

"We hope to see many more young people who might otherwise slip through the cracks in statutory provision reap the benefits of high-quality youth work.”