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Hailsham Youth Service Celebrates 20-Year Anniversary

Council News & Services, Youth Services

20th Anniversary Celebration of Hailsham Youth Service - young people pictured with Wealden District Council chairman Cllr Pam Doodes, Deputy Youth Project Coordinator Helen Deane, Youth Project Coordinator Andy Joyes and Town Mayor Cllr Paul Holbrook 

Hailsham’s most widely used youth facility and its associated projects celebrated 20 years of dedicated service to local young people at a special event held on Friday [17 February].

Youth project staff joined town councillors and other invited guests at the Square Youth Café, where they marked Hailsham Youth Service’s achievements with a presentation and tour of the facility, outlining the various projects undertaken during the past two decades.

Guests at the 20th Anniversary event included representatives from local schools, youth organisations and businesses, as well as the Mayor of Hailsham, Councillor Paul Holbrook and local councillors.

Members of the public were invited to attend the open day part of the event which took place at the Square Youth Café, at which information on Hailsham Youth Service’s activities, projects and achievements over the past 20 years were on display.

The Mayor of Hailsham, Cllr Paul Holbrook said: “Hailsham Youth Service aims to provide activities – which are both leisure and issue based – and meet the multitude of needs that the young people put forward us on a regular basis. The 20th anniversary of the youth project marks two decades of hard work and solid achievement of these aims.”

Town Clerk John Harrison commented: “The development of the Town Council’s youth projects over the last twenty years proves that there are ample opportunities for developing partnerships with other agencies to provide innovative work with individuals or groups of young people.”

“The 20th anniversary celebratory event was a good opportunity for people to see how successful the introduction of this youth facility has been.”

Mr Harrison added: “It has been a pleasure to work with the youth project team – their positive attitude and obvious enjoyment in working with young people has ensured that Hailsham Youth Service has gone from strength to strength since its launch.”

Youth project coordinator Andy Joyes, who has been with the team form the very beginning said: “The 1 Market Square project exists for youth workers to support young people through their experience of social education and in their transition from childhood to adulthood.”

“We have had great support from the Town Council, who have backed us all the way, and the various projects we have undertaken in partnership with other youth agencies have been particularly enjoyable too.”

“I hope that young people will continue to enjoy everything the centre has to offer in years to come.”

Officially opened in January 2000, the 1 Market Square project was set up by the Town Council to improve the quality of life for young people aged 14 to 25 years in Hailsham and surrounding rural villages. Such benefits are achieved through the integrated provision of recreation, opportunities for personal and social development, information and advice.

The 1 Market Square building accommodates The Square Youth Café (a café-style meeting place) and Safe-hub (a drop-in facility set up recently to accommodate vulnerable young people on a Friday evening). Coordinated by Hailsham Town Council, the project has links with other agencies, including Hailsham community College and the Safer Wealden Partnership.

Hailsham Youth Service also offers a Sexual Health advice and support drop-in facility for 11-25 year olds and a community minibus available for local youth groups to hire, in addition to organised recreational outing son Friday evenings as part of the Friday Night Project and sports activities on Monday evenings at the James West Community Centre.

For more information on the various youth projects carried out by the Town Council’s youth project team, visit or contact Andy Joyes on 01323 841702.

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Terry Hall, Communications Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
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