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Lounge looks for volunteers

Posted on September 17 2012 at 10:35:24

Sally Meredith, Emily Yates, Kirsty Morris and Rachel Lloyd

The Lounge youth project in Alvechurch, reprieved by a £20,000 lifeline from Bromsgrove District Council, is now looking for volunteers to help at sessions with young people.

It has also announced new youth workers and a project co-ordination team.

Rachel Lloyd is the new senior youth worker and Kirsty Morris has been appointed assistant youth worker.

The former senior youth worker, Emily Yates, is now sharing the project co-ordinator role with Sally Meredith, one of the mums involved from the start.

Sally told The Village they had decided there should be three adults at every youth session, but this relied on volunteers.

“It could be taking money on the door or behind the bar. It isn’t a matter of having to organise any activities, it is being here in support,” she explained.

Meanwhile, The Lounge will hear this month whether its application for £51,000 over three years to the Positive Activities fund administered by the county council has been successful.

Even with that money, the project will need financial support from the local community and the team is working on ways to attract more help.

The Village asked some of the youngsters what The Lounge means to them.

Tom, aged 12, said: 
“It gives us somewhere to go, keeps us off the streets.”

Kieran, aged 17, said: “It gives the kids of Alvechurch something to do. Also it helps us with learning new skills as well as being a fun place to be with friends.”

Pictured above: Sally Meredith, Emily Yates, Kirsty Morris and Rachel Lloyd.

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