Plans are in place to re-open the local Youth Club facility (Downsview Centre) on Downsview Crescent, in Manor Park, Uckfield.
The decision to re-open the Youth Club grew out of local community safety meetings organised by Sussex Police in 2018 between community groups and local businesses. These meetings were set up to discuss and deal with concerns relating to youth crime and anti-social behaviour and led to many successes which resulted in a drop in youth-related incidents in Uckfield. It was also realised that, in order to prevent similar problems occurring in the future, a longer-term plan would be needed to engage young people.
The Youth Club Project Team – comprising the Uckfield & District Chamber of Commerce, East Sussex Youth Services, Uckfield College, Tesco and Uckfield Town Council – has secured support and funding to re-open the Youth Club via the Uckfield Chamber, who have kindly offered to sponsor the project in year one, to help it get it off the ground. It will provide a safe space for young people to socialise, take part in activities and hopefully guide future generations in a positive way.
The proposed plan is to hold the Youth Club one evening per week for a two-hour session. The Youth Club will be open to current Year 7s (ages 11 and 12 years) with a view to expanding on this age group if the Youth Club is successful.
It will be run by Youth Workers managed by East Sussex County Council’s Youth Service team, and local volunteers. If anyone is interested in volunteering there are more details at https://bit.ly/2SCcdPO.
Robert Muggeridge, Community Champion for Tesco said: “We are pleased to support this project and to work with other key organisations and services to provide a safe space where young people can meet their friends and socialise.”
A launch event for the Youth Club is being planned for the week commencing 22nd April 2019.
ALL IMAGES by Ron Hill (HillPhotographic)