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Minister praises Yarmouth attraction

PUBLISHED: 10:38 24 September 2009 | UPDATED: 15:07 03 July 2010

A government minister visited a Yarmouth leisure complex to see how it helped hundreds of unemployed people find jobs.

As Angela Smith toured Atlantis complex on Yarmouth seafront yesterday, she said that a £6.

A government minister visited a Yarmouth leisure complex to see how it helped hundreds of unemployed people find jobs.

As Angela Smith toured Atlantis complex on Yarmouth seafront yesterday, she said that a £6.5m project to provide hope for youngsters from the town should be a model for other communities across the country.

The minister for the voluntary, charity and third sector was shown how the new venture to run Atlantis has helped young people build up their confidence and skill sets during a major refit of the complex.

In June a social enterprise organisation Hospitality and Grow took over the running of the site - the first arrangement of its kind in the country.

The non-profit making group is now providing training to 15 people as they work in the complex's new look bars, nightclub and arcades.

In the next year the organisation will be taking on hundreds more young people as Atlantis expands when its 62 bedroom rooftop hotel opens, which will offer some rooms to people with special needs.

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