New place to meet for youngsters

PUBLISHED: 08:39 12 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:41 31 May 2010

Pictured from left, John Duncan, Mike Hibbs, Jiff Godfrey, Kerry Seddon and Eyvonne Morton    Picture: ALISTAIR NELSON

Pictured from left, John Duncan, Mike Hibbs, Jiff Godfrey, Kerry Seddon and Eyvonne Morton Picture: ALISTAIR NELSON

A NEW youth club in Saffron Walden is offering young people a place to socialise and have fun in a safe environment. The Golden Acre Community Centre on Ross Close will open its doors to young people every Thursday evening. Organised by the Saffron Walden

A NEW youth club in Saffron Walden is offering young people a place to socialise and have fun in a safe environment.

The Golden Acre Community Centre on Ross Close will open its doors to young people every Thursday evening.

Organised by the Saffron Walden Youth Outreach Project (SWYOP), the club will be formally opened on Thursday February 29.

Chairman of the SWYOP and town mayor, Cllr Mike Hibbs, said: "There have been various attempts to get something going for young people on the south side of the town.

"They have been campaigning for a local club of their own for some time, and are delighted at the thought of being let in to the community centre rather than hanging about outside. We've consulted widely with neighbours and with the young people."

Starting in March, two sessions will be held every Thursday - an early evening session for 10 to 13 year olds from 5.45pm to 7.45pm followed by a later session, from 8pm to 10pm, for over 13s.

John Duncan, 15, said he was looking forward to attending the youth club which will be kitted out with a pool table and computers. He said: "There are facilities for young people in the town, but there is nothing in this area. I think it is a great idea and I'm sure it will be well used."

Trained youth workers will lead the group with assistance from Essex Youth Services and the Essex Association of Boys Clubs.

"I am delighted that we've raised the funds and appointed the youth workers to make this happen.

"It would not have been possible without the generosity of the local community, and in particular the generous contribution of £2500 from the Round Table Carnival funds," added Mr Hibbs.

"We are very pleased with the professionalism of the youth workers, but we do also need volunteers to help make this new venture a success. Training and support are available, so if you would like to become involved, please get in touch."

Youth worker Kerry Seddon from Saffron Walden will run the group with Sarah Henson and Sarah Wright.

People who are interested in volunteering should contact Jiff Godfrey on 01799 523645.

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