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Teenage DJ clinches cash for community club
Craig Dennis
Craig Dennis wants to encourage new skills and entertain his friends

A youth-led project in Newport is celebrating after winning financial aid to support aspiring DJs.

Somerton Hope Community Centre has been awarded £1,000 to pay for DJ recording and mixing equipment under a scheme backed by telecoms firm O2.

The DJ club was the idea of 18-year-old Craig Dennis, who applied for backing from the company's It's Your Community fund.

The equipment will be used for sessions with junior and senior youth clubs.

Craig came up with the idea of a DJ club to add more to the senior youth club sessions, and also to provide young people with further opportunities to learn a new skill.

He was delighted by news of the grant which will ensure his project can go ahead.

"It was a big surprise to receive an award," said Craig.

"It is fantastic to not only secure funding for DJ-ing equipment but also be selected as one of the top 15 champion projects in the UK."

Craig worked with staff at the community centre and Newport Youth Service to seek funding for his plan.

Receiving a cheque at Somerton Hope Community Centre
The cheque ensures the project can now go ahead

Nathan Davies, Communities First development worker for Newport Youth Service said: "We are delighted the project in Somerton has received funding to purchase DJ-ing equipment but also that the club was recognised for its work through the community champion award.

"We are very proud of what the young people have accomplished and the impact it will have on the wider community.

"It is a massive achievement for the young people of Somerton."

The It's Your Community Awards fund approximately 80 projects across the UK each month with a handful selected as champion projects.

The Somerton DJ club was chosen as one of two champion projects in Wales for December.

The community centre opened in October 2008 as the headquarters of Regeneration Association Somerton Community At Large (RASCAL).

The £427,000 building includes a coffee shop, meeting rooms and activity centre offering a range of clubs, courses and advice sessions.

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