Blackpool youth club is set to launch

Blackpool is set to get a new youth club after organisers spotted a need in the Grange Park area.

Friday, 6th May 2016, 10:52 am
Updated Friday, 6th May 2016, 11:55 am
Members of the new youth club founded at Grange Park, Blackpool. Left to right, Aby Hindle, Jess Errington, Ryan Clymer, Chloe Clymer, Rebecca Harrison, Sam Clymer, Jessica Joynt, Joleigh Pedlar, Millie Gee, Natasha Marshall, John Harrison, Shelley Glay manager, John Harrison manager and Amee Gee

And the club is set to get off to a flying start with a fun day, fund-raising session tomorrow.

The Youth Club will be held twice a week for five to 16-year -olds to give them the chance to socialise, take part in activities and to give them life skills.

Further education teacher Shelley Glay who is one of the organisers said: “It has been hard work over the past couple of months but we have recruited enough leaders,carried out all the DBS criminal records checks and got all the child protection policies in place.

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“The children desperately need a youth club in the area.

“We are going to have junior leaders, to give the older ones responsibility and to help them learn life skills.

“They will be able to work towards that from the age of 14. It will stand them in good stead for later in life.

“The youth club will be held on a Wednesday evening from 5 to 7pm at the Horsebridege community centre, Horsebridge road and on Saturday afternoons from 3 to 6pm at the Argossy community centre on Argossy Avenue.”

Tomorrow, a family fun day will be held at the City Learning Centre in Bathurst Avenue from 10am till 3pm.

Shelley said: “The other youth club manager is John Harrison.

“The leaders, helping on the fun day will be Aimee Gee and Jodie Goodfellow.

“The junior leaders and youth club members helping on the day are Abby, Jess, Ryan, Joleigh, Jessica, Chloe, Rebecca, Jordan, Natasha and Millie.

“These helpers will be doing a dance performance on the day too.”

She added that singer Samantha Adams will be performing followed by a disco and karaoke for the children afterwards with a lip-sync battle with a cash prize.

Stalls, bouncy castles a fun fair and donkey rides, face painting and raffles will also be on offer.

Shelley added: “We will also be having free micro chipping by the RSCPCA’s Longview Animal Centre which is the youth club’s designated charity.

“We want our club to be right at the heart of the local community so we are hoping the community will come along to see what we can offer.

“We have had a lot of help from local businesses donating raffle prizes.

“We did some research 
into what people would like best as prizes and we have all sorts thanks to their great support.”