New youth club gets big cash windfall

A new youth club in Sutton Bridge is celebrating after being awarded a £6,000-plus grant to help pay a trained youth worker.

The club is being given the cash by The People’s Health Trust – and there will be a further £1,000 towards activity equipment for its young members to enjoy.

Youth club secretary Chris Brandon-King said the £6,000 will help secure the future of the club and should be enough to pay a youth worker for four hours a week over the next two years.

He said: “We are in the process of talking to Lincolnshire County Council Youth Services to see if there is a trained youth worker who lives locally and wants an extra four hours a week paid work.

“The grant will be released in five tranches over the next two years.

“It is excellent news. The whole intention was to guarantee the future of the youth club.”

He said a trained youth worker will be able to help volunteers with “some of the complexities surrounding youth work”, such as risk assessments, safeguarding policies and health and safety.

Mr Brandon-King said the additional £1,000 for equipment is a bonus and quite unexpected as the club hadn’t even applied for that.

The new club was formed about a year ago and meets at The Curlew Centre in Bridge Road on Thursday nights.

It has struggled from the start with a shortage of adult volunteers to supervise the two sessions for children aged seven to 11 years and for young people aged 12 and upwards.

Volunteers are still needed and Mr Brandon-King said the club is keen to welcome anyone who can help out even occasionally.

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