Local charity SPOTS has taken over the management of Spalding’s Youth Centre and given it a new lease of life by renaming it ‘The Umbrella’.
The activities that have run at the centre will continue to do so but there is now the opportunity for other local organisations to take advantage of the wonderful facilities on offer.
The Umbrella boasts three spaces – the main large sports hall/function hall, upstairs coffee lounge and music suite – all are now available for hire at very reasonable rates to groups, clubs and other organisations as well as for private parties.
By popular demand Spalding Youth Club, that’s been run by SPOTS for three months and now has more than 60 regular attenders, is getting an extra night to encourage more young people to access its facilities.
Darren Maddison, who helped set up SPOTS in 2006 said: “SPOTS stands for Supportive Parents of Tomorrow’s Stars. It was formed to enable local youngsters to access performing arts.
“SPOTS has helped young people to participate in activities that will give them core life skills, build confidence and have fun.
“The charity also offers respite for parents and carers, and now it’s running The Umbrella and seeking to open it up to serve the whole South Holland community”.
Regular users of The Umbrella will include Polka Dot Academy and Limelight Youth Theatre, who run dance and drama classes for children of all ages, Spalding Youth Club, The Childminders’ group, Tumble Tots and The Holiday Club.
Youth club members have been consulted on how they’d like it to develop and SPOTS are following their wishes by holding a second weekly club night on Fridays.
For information about hiring any of the spaces, booking onto any of the activities or getting involved in SPOTS call The Umbrella on 01775 712359.
l The Umbrella, Westlode Street, Spalding. Telephone 01775 712359.