Young people in Stockport get special chance to shape their free time

New opportunity available through R Time programme for young people in Stockport to shape provision in the borough.

Residents under the age of 18 in Stockport have a great opportunity to fund activities for their free time following the launch of a new initiative through the R Time programme for young people.

With a new round of funding opening today for Special Projects, friends and individuals can put forward ideas that will be positive and fun, with the best applications getting off-the-ground through this funding round.

The aim of R Time is to support and inspire young people to make decisions and take action which will positively affect their communities and the people that live in them.

By extension, applications must be shaped by young people although adults can provide some assistance; this will ensure the wants and needs of young people are met, rather than taking an ‘adults know best’ approach.

This is to inspire a creative and sustainable approach to provision in the borough based on what young people have identified themselves.

The programme has seen activities like social action, gardening, podcasting and music workshops delivered in Brinnington, Marple and Romiley respectively through earlier rounds.

This round of funding will build on that by delivering a wider and more diverse range of opportunities, including access to training and volunteering.

This will go a significant way toward reducing anti-social behaviour, a primary goal of R Time, which is jointly managed by the Stockport Youth Justice and Targeted Youth Support Services, Stockport Homes Group, and Life Leisure in consultation with other agencies and organisations across the borough.

Cllr Colin Foster, Cabinet Member for Children, Family Services and Education, said: ‘This is a great opportunity for young people to really take charge in their community on opportunities that matter to them.’

‘It could be physical activity, art and craft, cooking, a training opportunity to improve job prospects, or something else that gets funded, but whatever the idea is, I would encourage young people to develop the best application possible to improve their chances of success.’

Tanya King, Head of Customer Engagement and Inclusion at Stockport Homes Group (SHG) said: ‘SHG is committed to supporting young people to achieve their potential by increasing their aspirations and provide in positive engagement opportunities.

‘The R Time programme is a great example of partnership working, which will benefit a great number of young people locally.’

Ian Dixon, Head of Active Communities at Life Leisure, said: ‘As we are in these challenging times it has not changed our commitment in supporting young people through physical activity across Stockport.

‘The Special Projects gives them an opportunity to shape their creative ideas and access resources that are key in delivering them. At Life Leisure and as part of the partnership we are determined to champion youth provision and build on supporting young people with their social development.’

Jacqui Belfield-Smith, Service Lead for Stockport Council’s Youth Justice & Targeted Youth Support Services said: ‘This is a great opportunity to embed diversionary programmes that will prevent children and young people becoming involved in anti-social behaviour or criminal activities that adversely affect their communities.’

For more information on how to apply, visit

Applications close Friday 27th November 5pm.

To find out about the latest R Time happenings, including activities for young people to take part in, visit the webpage, Facebook or Instagram.