Cera hands out $150k for social spaces

Canterbury young people have up to $150,000 to play with this winter.

Winter Chill is a series of youth-led events and activities for young people aged 12 to 24 that was developed in response to findings from the 2013 Youth Wellbeing Survey.

The survey found young people were crying out for more social, recreational or cultural spaces, including cafes, restaurants, libraries, places of worship, arts and cultural centres. The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) wants young people and organisations to come forward with proposals for events.

Fletcher Building contributed $50,000 alongside funding of up to $100,000 from the Ministry of Youth Development's Canterbury Youth Initiatives Fund.

Cera chief executive Roger Sutton said the events would mean that young people would have "heaps of great things to make this winter better for them".

Christchurch Youth Council chairman Hamish Keown said young people were keen to get back into the city.

The wellbeing survey gathered views from 3441 young people aged 12 to 24 between September and December last year. Applications forms for funding from the Winter Chill events fund can be found at cera.govt.nz/winterchill.

The Press