Treasury Minister, Stephen Timms MP, is to take time out of his hectic conference schedule to visit The Eden Youth Project based in an estate in Oldham - a deprived area of Manchester.

The project is one of nine youth clubs run by 'The Message', an organisation combining Social Action with Christian teaching, to help young people growing up in areas of deprivation, achieve their full potential. The project's youth workers live in the communities where they work, enabling them to understand the community's problems and develop real relationships with the young people.

"These Youth Workers are effectively tackling the joint problems of high crime and low educational achievement through their time spent with young people" said Stephen Timms. "I hope that my visit will present opportunities to see how the government can partner with such projects as one means to end Child Poverty in this country."

The Government have pledged to wipe out Child Poverty in Britain by 2020. The Treasury admits that tackling Child Poverty in a complex problem and hopes to harness the power of the voluntary, faith and the community sector to achieve its target.

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