Youth club provides young people with opportunities

18 April 2019

A County Durham youth club is providing young people with new opportunities thanks to funding from People’s Health Trust.

Fishburn Youth and Community Centre secured nearly £30,000 to help grow the membership of their youth club and develop the facilities.

Thanks to money raised through The Health Lottery in the North East and Cumbria, the increase in membership has been even greater than expected and the introduction of a 'Chill Zone' and new laptops has been extremely popular with all age groups.

Centre manager, Lynne Watson, said: “There is a really strong community spirit but we were in danger of losing the club so funding from People’s Health Trust has really helped with our sustainability.

“We did a lot of engagement with young people to find out what they wanted from the centre and from the project. We have designated areas including spaces for a café, cinema/chill zone and studying. Activities are helping young people aged 8-18 years old to learn new skills and develop new interests.

“Last year we held the second community Christmas dinner, where young members from the youth club served a meal to our older residents – it was really lovely to see the young people involved building social connections.”

The club runs three evenings a week and can have anything up to 70 people come along to each session.

Project members help shape the project and decide what they want to do. Recently they worked alongside the Centre Manager to research and plan an Easter activity programme. Activities on offer will include: Quad Biking, Roller Skating, Trampolining, Sport and Craft Based Activities.

Lynne added: “We have been running youth services for 45 years. Some of our Trustees used the centre as children, some went on to work in the centre and now their children are attending.”

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Notes to editors

Fishburn Youth Club exists to work with the young people living in Fishburn Village and surrounding areas.

They seek to have a positive impact on all the young people they work with in a holistic way, having an input into their social, emotional and physiological needs.

People's Health Trust is an independent charity investing in local communities to help create a society without health inequalities. It works closely with 12 Community Interest Companies raising money through The Health Lottery and distributing grants.

People living in the poorest neighbourhoods in Britain die, on average, seven years younger than people living in the richest neighbourhoods. What’s more, they will spend 17 years more of their shortened lives with an extra disability and have a lower quality of life. We believe that where people live should not unfairly reduce the length or the quality of their lives.

Active Communities is a funding programme for local people with great ideas about how to help create fairer places to grow, live, work and age well.

Health Lottery North East and Cumbria is a regional lottery which exists to address health inequalities in its area.

The lottery is licensed by the Gambling Commission and raises funds through The Health Lottery which are distributed by People’s Health Trust.

The Health Lottery is an independent British lottery scheme. It manages 10 regional and two country lotteries across Great Britain. Each month, the money raised is allocated to one of those areas in rotation. This means that across the year, every area of England, Scotland and Wales gets a share of the funds raised. The 12 lotteries are run for one specific purpose: tackling health inequalities in their respective areas.

Over £107 million has been raised so far. Every £1 ticket bought helps raise even more.

Each of the 12 lotteries is licensed by the Gambling Commission.

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