A new youth club will open its doors next Wednesday [4 November], which will engage young people in Hellingly and the surrounding area.
Hailsham Town Council agreed at its meeting held in June to the proposal by Hailsham Youth Service to expand its operations and open a satellite youth group in Hellingly, based at the new Hellingly Community Hub building situated within the Roebuck estate north of Hailsham.
The new club, called Hellingly Youth Hub (HYH) and organised in association with Hellingly Parish Council, will run sessions on Wednesday evenings at the following times, operating all year round:
The youth hub sessions are free to enter for local young people and offer activities such as pool, games, crafts and more, with light snacks and refreshments served. A programme of activities such as cookery and sport will also be included.
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.
Young people attending must wear a face covering at all times.
Hailsham Youth Service, which currently runs the Square Youth Cafe, Monday Club, Friday Night Project and SafeHub facility in Hailsham, has recently secured funding from the Joint Action Group (JAG) for the full set-up cost of the new club, as the benefits of expanding the youth service into Hellingly is considered to be of benefit to the local community.
“The new youth hub will provide a safe place for the young people of Hellingly to go to receive mentorship, acceptance and empowerment, and to have fun in a constructive way, building community spirit and discouraging antisocial behaviour in the process,” said Deputy Youth Project Coordinator, Helen Deane, who will be leading the Hellingly Youth Hub.
“The new youth hub will be a great addition to Hellingly and I believe it will provide a safe space for many young people, but also empower them and give them the great opportunities just like the young people who attend the Square youth Cafe in Hailsham receive.”
Kerri Potter, a member of the Hailsham Youth Service team who will be working at the Hellingly Youth Hub commented: “Within growing communities, provision needs to made for the young people, and by running a free and reliable club catering for 11-16 year olds, our hope is to encourage the young people of Hellingly to partake in other activities run by Hailsham Youth Service runs, such as the Friday Night Project.”
Town Mayor Councillor Paul Holbrook commented: “The idea to set up a youth club in Hellingly comes as Hailsham Youth Service and its partners share their ideas in recent months – and they identified the need for a youth centre there. Having identified this need, we’re optimistic that we can meet the needs of young people through facilitated activities and support.”
“The youth club will be a great addition to Hellingly and I believe it will provide a safe space for many young people, but also empower them and give them the great opportunities just like the young people who attend the Square youth Cafe in Hailsham receive.”
Terry Hall, Communications & Public Information Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
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