New youth club set for launch in town

Redeemed drama group members in Long Sutton where a new youth club is being launched for 11 to 16-year-olds.
Redeemed drama group members in Long Sutton where a new youth club is being launched for 11 to 16-year-olds.

Young people in Long Sutton can look forward to the launch of a new youth club in the town next week.

Volunteers, youth workers, church leaders and councillors have joined forces to set up the youth club which launches at the Market House, Market Street, on Thursday September 26, from 6pm to 9pm.

The youth club for 11 to 16-year-olds has come out of the Long Sutton Community-Led Plan published in November 2011 as a blueprint for the town’s future development.

A survey carried out by South Holland Youth Council in July 2010 for the plan found that a number of young people in Long Sutton felt there was nothing in the town for them outside of school.

Father Jonathan Sibley, parish priest of Long Sutton and chairman of the plan’s steering committee, said: “One of the major things to come out of the plan was a need to respond to young people’s concerns that we ought to do something for them.

“We started to think about forming a youth club at the start of the year and we had various advice from youth workers at both district and county level.

“They have assisted our team of about six or seven volunteers who will be running the youth club and our district councillors for Long Sutton have made a sum of money available for equipment at the youth club.”

The club will have a membership fee of 50p and volunteers are hopeful of support from parents, Guide and Scout groups in Long Sutton and Peele Community College.

Parish councillor Pauline Dickinson, part of the youth club’s management committee, said: “We’re quite proud to have achieved what we have, there’s a good team of volunteers and we’ve funded quite a lot of equipment for the club.

“The young people expressed a wish for a place to meet and we’re providing one for them.”