Young people take the lead

The room at Thornton Young People's Centre and (below) Coun Jim Lawrenson, John Gordon, Katie Greene and centre manager Russell Walker at the grand opening.
The room at Thornton Young People's Centre and (below) Coun Jim Lawrenson, John Gordon, Katie Greene and centre manager Russell Walker at the grand opening.
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MOVE over Laurence Llewelyn Bowen – there are some new design aces in town.

Artistic members of Thornton Young People’s Centre came up with plans to revamp the facility, paid for it out of their own money and helped builders and artists put it together.

Coun Jim Lawrenson, John Gordon, Katie Greene and centre manager Russell Walker at the grand opening.

Coun Jim Lawrenson, John Gordon, Katie Greene and centre manager Russell Walker at the grand opening.

As part of the project, they also managed budgets to pay for new carpets and furniture and chaired meetings with youth bosses.

Jayne Gaffney, youth manger at the Marsh Road club, says the project has helped youngsters develop their knowledge in a range of subjects.

She said: “This was a really good idea and very positive for the young people.

“It’s good for them to be involved in something like this because it gives them an idea into what is involved in finance and planning.”

The teenagers worked with artists to design an inspirational mural and have filled the room with comfortable seating, a sound system and games consoles.

Mrs Gaffney, who oversaw the £2,000 revamp of the room, added: “Everyone involved is really proud of it.

“They are eager to make sure no-one comes in and trashes the room and everyone treats it with respect.”

John Gordon, head of Lancashire’s young people’s service, said it was encouraging to see the young people working together.

He added: “They have taken the lead here which is the approach we in the young people’s service very much support.

“It will be their room which they will use for socialising and other project work.

“They have even used the money collected from their subs to pay for the redecoration.”

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