YOUTH groups and organisations that support young people in the Devizes area are set to get grants of around £18,000 if councillors give the go-ahead on Monday.

Members of the Devizes Area Board will meet at Devizes School at 6.30pm to discuss a number of applications for youth grant funding.

Included is an application from Devizes Youth for £4,948 to help pay for a part-time youth worker at a time when it is struggling to get volunteers.

Bromham Youth club wants £4,500 towards running costs and Wiltshire Young Farmers wants £2,500 for a week of pop up cafes in Devizes this summer.

Wiltshire Museum is staging a hi-tech World War One exhibition aimed at young people and needs £2,080 while Camp Xtra which runs each summer at Devizes School has applied for £1,782.

Wiltshire Wildlife Trusts wants £2,450 to support a summer forest school.

A report from Devizes Youth says: "As Devizes Youthy develops they have dealt with some very challenging circumstances in the last year. Skilled volunteers who are available weekly have been hard to recruit and as such the group requires a second part time paid youth worker. This will increase the sustainability of the club."

Bromham Youth Club now has 58 young people on its books with 36 going on a weekly basis. The club says: "The club requires support to remain sustainable." But the Local Youth Network Management Group says it wants the parish council to help towards the club's costs.

Wiltshire Museum wants youngsters to be able to travel back in time to World War One and meet soldiers from Caribbean countries who fought for the British Empire. The museum says: "They will explore historical and contemporary views of war and race by watching a theatrical film made with cutting edge Virtual Reality technology."

Camp Xtra has applied for cash to help put on two of its most popular courses of kayaking and cookery. Wiltshire Wildlife Trust wants to put on fun outdoor activities for vulnerable children during the holidays at nature reserves and green spaces. It says: "Activities may include fire-lighting team games or conservation tasks. With a wealth of experience working with young people Wiltshire Wildlife Trust is ideally placed to provide a high quality club where they can learn how to manage risks and challenge themselves in a safe environment."