Summer holidays launch for ‘ideal’ new youth club

PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 June 2014

Youngsters enjoying the youth club ideas session organsied by Knightstone and the Mead Vale LAT.

Youngsters enjoying the youth club ideas session organsied by Knightstone and the Mead Vale LAT.

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A YOUTH club for Mead Vale could be set up by the summer holidays after a year of planning by residents, groups and a housing association.

Members of the Mead Vale Local Action Team (LAT) have been working with Knightstone Housing, the YMCA and the Mead Vale Community and District Association to create a space for youngsters in the area.

A spot has been secured within the two portable buildings behind The Nightjar pub in Nightingale Court and the groups met at the latest association meeting to get an update on the plans.

Shelley White-Sharman, community empowerment officer for Knightstone Housing, said she has a verbal agreement with the YMCA regarding its support and once health and safety details are finalised, work can begin.

She said: “There is a possibility to tap into funding and we (the association) would need to be commissioned. Before we progress we will have to verify ownership then it would be a case of action stations.

“It would be nice to get ready to rock and roll by the summer holidays.

“We could also have an event to get the community to help out and clean up.”

Shelley said Knightstone would be able to apply for grants, as could the association and LAT, and the teams need to find out what other groups would want to use the buildings, as the youth club would not be held every day.

She said: “If we invest all this time and energy we need to think about how we are going to sustain it.

“A mini Barcode, like in Weston, is what I am hearing.

“If we try and get the residents involved they can take ownership of it and we need to start thinking of fundraising opportunities. It’s easy to get it started; it’s keeping it going that is the issue.”

North Somerset councillor Robert Cleland said: “It would be absolutely ideal for children here and would be somewhere for them to let off steam.”

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