New youth club’s good start

Father Jonathan Sibley (back) with youngsters and volunteers at Long Sutton Youth Club which meets at the Market House every Thursday from 6pm until 9pm.
Father Jonathan Sibley (back) with youngsters and volunteers at Long Sutton Youth Club which meets at the Market House every Thursday from 6pm until 9pm.
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Teenagers in Long Sutton have been voting with their feet and has meant good news for the town’s new youth club.

At least 20 youngsters and volunteers have been enjoying a range of games and activities at the Market House, Market Street, where the club for 11 to 16-year-olds meets every Thursday between 6pm and 9pm.

Its formation is a response to the Long Sutton Community-Led Plan published in November 2011 which identified a need for provision to the town’s youngsters.

Father Jonathan Sibley, chairman of the plan’s steering committee, said: “One of the major things to come out of it was a need to respond to young people’s concerns about the lack of things in Long Sutton for them.

“We started to think about forming a youth club in January and a task group was formed to explore the possibility of setting one up, with the help youth workers from both district and county levels.

“They have assisted our team of volunteers in running the youth and district councillors for Long Sutton have made a sum of money available for equipment.”

Each youngster pays a nominal membership fee of 50p, a small measure of the support parents have given the youth club which is also backed by other youth groups and Peele Community College, Long Sutton.

Mr Sibley said: “The leaders have been exceptionally pleased with the ways things have gone and there’s a really good atmosphere at the youth club.

“It’s supported by organisations right across Long Sutton and been inspired by the whole process of doing things for the community.”

Simon Gilman, headteacher of Peele Community College, said: “I think it’s great that young people in Long Sutton have a youth club to attend.”