On Thursday 25th April Uckfield Youth Club opened its door for the first time in years.
After a few words by Tesco Community Champion Robert Muggeridge, the ribbon was cut by Uckfield Town Mayor Spike Mayhew, Chief Inspector Anita Turner and president of the Uckfield Chamber of commerce Chris Lawson in front of a selection of local guests.
21 boys and girls from year 7 (aged 11 to 12 years old) visited the club on its first night, playing football, table tennis, pool and chatting with the youth workers and volunteers about what events and facilities they would like to see at the club. And the Youth workers are confident that the club has the potential for numbers to increase over the coming weeks.
The project, which has taken nearly 2 years of planning, developed out of discussions by the local PCSOs with local businesses about how to deal with the anti social behaviour of the young people in Uckfield. From that meeting the idea to re open the youth club grew and with the help and support of groups such as local police, buisnesses, uckfield councillors, the Uckfield volunteer service, East Sussex Youth Service, Uckfield College and an extremely generous donation of £5000 by the Uckfield Chamber of Commerce the dream has finally become a reality
A fine example of partnership working to get a new initiative off the ground.
IMG_9000RH….Uckfield Mayor Cllr Spike Mayhew ready to cut the ribbon to declare Uckfield Youth Club open. With him are Uckfield Chamber of Commerce president Chris Lawson, Ch Insp Anita Turner, and Tesco Community Champion Robert Muggeridge.
ALL IMAGES by Ron Hill (HillPhotographic)