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Hailsham Youth Service Reinstates More Activity Sessions

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Hailsham Youth Service is pleased to announce that it is reopening more activity sessions next week, in line with the latest guidance concerning social distancing and coronavirus protection measures.

Hailsham Town Council‘s youth centres have gradually opened their doors in recent weeks, with the reopening of the Square Youth Cafe in the town centre on weekdays and newly established Hellingly Youth Hub on Wednesday evenings.

Hailsham Youth Service, which provides activities, support services and opportunities for young people in the local area, had to close its centres and suspend all its face-to-face activities during the previous lockdowns, although in response to the COVID-19 and in liaison with Sussex Police, the Service remobilised its detached provision last summer to support young people during the pandemic and continue to maintain a presence in the town.

However, it has proven to be extremely beneficial to be able to engage face-to-face once more and youth workers are pleased to announce the reopening of the Monday Youth Hub from next week [17 May] – games and sports activity sessions which take place at the James West Community Centre on Monday evenings.

“Over the last few weeks, we’ve been looking closely at COVID-19 guidance from both the National Youth Agency and the Government for the reopening of our youth facilities, to make sure we can make it the safest environment possible for young people and youth workers,” said Andy Joyes, Youth Services Manager at Hailsham Town Council.

“The Monday Youth Hub, for example, will look and feel considerably different for those attending and there will be strict measures in place to ensure that the required social distancing and hygiene measures are practised at all times.”

“Having said that, it will be very good for the youth worker team to see everyone again at Monday Youth Hub sessions. We’ve missed them, and we will endeavour to provide as many fun activities as possible in the coming months whilst operating under these measures.”

The Monday Youth Hub sessions take place at the James West Community Centre on Monday evenings from 17th May:

  • SESSION 1 (6.15pm-7.30pm): School Years 6-8
  • SESSION 2 (7.45pm-9pm): School Years 9-11

To maximise the opportunity for young people to join them, the Square Youth Cafe currently runs multiple sessions on weekday afternoons and evenings:

  • AFTERNOONS (3.15-5pm):  Monday and Tuesday – School Year 7 / Thursday and Friday – School Year 8
  • EVENINGS (6.45-9pm): Monday – School Year 9 / Wednesday – School Year 10 / Friday – School Year 11
The new Hellingly Youth Hub also opens from this week, taking place on Wednesday evenings:
  • SESSION 1 (5.30pm-7pm): School Years 6-8
  • SESSION 2 (7.30pm-9pm): School Years 9-12

The most significant change for all sessions is that that is a restriction on the number of young people allowed at the centre at any one time, and that everyone who enters the premises wear a face covering at all times.

Additionally, in order to attend a session (as with all Hailsham Youth Service activities for the foreseeable future), registration will need to be completed online on the Hailsham Youth Service website: www.hailshamyouthservice.org. Young people will not be allowed entry onto the premises without prior registration and will be granted entry on a first come first served basis.

Friday Night Project activity sessions are expected to be reintroduced later this year.

For further information on Hailsham Youth Service, email info@hailshamyouthservice.org.


Enquiries relating to this media release

Terry Hall, Communications & Public Information Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
Telephone: 01323 841702 | Email: terry.hall@hailsham-tc.gov.uk