Cash grant to start up youth clubs in rural villages

PUBLISHED: 06:39 25 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:20 24 May 2010

YOUTH clubs could be launched in Shipham, Rodney Stoke and Draycott by September. Young Somerset has been given £10,000 to start clubs in villages along the Mendip Hills and is looking for volunteers to organise fun activities for youngsters. The organisa

YOUTH clubs could be launched in Shipham, Rodney Stoke and Draycott by September.Young Somerset has been given £10,000 to start clubs in villages along the Mendip Hills and is looking for volunteers to organise fun activities for youngsters.The organisation, which supports 120 clubs in the county, has 100 pairs of roller skates, skateboard ramps and other equipment to lend the new clubs. It will also help to establish a programme of activities in the clubs and help to train volunteers and advise on things like funding and the law.Young Somerset chief officer Ian Wallace said: "The area has almost nothing for young people at the moment, so the idea is to get engaged with communities to try and establish youth clubs. We want a committee of adults and young people for each village to decide what sort of provision is needed."Draycott has a lot of potential. There is nothing in Shipham and we want to be talking to people there. Wedmore is not part of the priority for funding."There have been youth clubs in Cheddar, but they couldn't find anywhere to meet. If there was enough demand we could help out in the village, but my feeling is it is unlikely."Whether we are able to start clubs in villages would depend on what response we get. "If there are people that want to work with us then fine. We don't go out and deliver youth clubs, they have to be built slowly from the bottom up."We've already got feelers out. Over the next couple of months we will be looking to start committees in the summer and start getting clubs in September."The organisation plans to contact parent and church groups as well as parish councils and other organisations to look for people interested in forming clubs.The Westonzoyland-based organisation was given £10,000 by Somerset Aggregate Levy Sustainability Fund.

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