Youth club needs you to help out

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A village youth club is struggling to stay open because it cannot find enough adult volunteers to help supervise children and teenagers.

Parish council chairman John Grimwood and his wife, Doreen, are currently half the volunteer team looking after the Thursday night youth club sessions at The Curlew Centre in Sutton Bridge.

The couple, who are in their mid 60s, plan to holiday next month and fear the club may have to close while they are away unless volunteers step forward in the next few days.

“It’s more than fair to say we are desperate,” said John.

He hopes some younger adults will volunteer to take the club forward and ensure it has a long-term future.

Sutton Bridge lost its old youth club about three years ago and the new one was set up in October.

John said: “It’s something that the village has lost and got it back again and I don’t want the village to lose it again.”

The club has proved very popular with children and teenagers and John says the youngsters are very well behaved

Six to 11-year-olds attend from 6pm to 7pm and between 7pm and 9pm it’s the turn of young people aged from 11 to 18 years.

Attractions at the club include a music centre, table tennis, pool, snooker, table top football, air hockey, crafts, Wii and board games.

There’s also a tuck shop.

John said villagers have been very generous in donating equipment to the club, but now the most valuable thing they can give is their time.

He said: “Some of the youngsters help set up. The kids are keen and they want it to work.

“They just get on with it.

“They just need a little bit of supervision.”

• Volunteers have security checks as with all clubs, but do not have to pay for those.

To volunteer or to ask for more information please call the parish office and leave a message with your contact details on 01406 350802 or call 07543 613754.