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Village youth club helpers wanted

Posted on April 16 2010 at 2:36:45

The newly launched club for teenagers in Alvechurch is holding an open meeting for anyone who would like to help in any aspect of running the venture.

The club is being launched on April 29 at Alvechurch Social Club with an open night for 12-16-year-olds.

This will be followed up by an open meeting on May 25, also at the social club, for any adults who feel they can bring their skills to the project.

Kate Van der Plank, of the Alvechurch Youth Club Management Committee, told The Village: “We are looking for anyone who might be able to help, not just to run the club, but also with, say, networking the computers, or with the financial side or marketing.”

The meeting starts at 7.30pm.

Kate also explained how the club would be established in phases, with phase one running from now until September.

“We have got four youth workers on loan to us because the Ryland Centre in Bromsgrove is closed for refurbishment over the summer.

“They are with us until the beginning of September and are experienced youth workers who have been running a club in Bromsgrove for many years.

“So over phase one we will be working with the kids on what they want to have when it goes live in phase two in September.

“We are going to get the youngsters to select the youth workers they want – they will be involved in all aspects of decisions in phase one.”

Kate said the club would meet every Thursday at the social club, although they might move to the Meadows or the MUGA when the weather was good enough.

Initially it would be for those aged 12 to their 17th birthday, although the plan was to discuss with the teenagers how they wanted to organise facilities for smaller age ranges.

Kate said phase two would include the club continuing its search for premises of its own in the village, which might also be used for other sections of the community during daytime.

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