Snak Shak is celebrating four years at warehouse in Selsey

The Snak Shak youth drop-in centre is celebrating four years of being stationed at its warehouse home.

The service is one of the only youth provisions left in and around the town after West Sussex County Council cuts. The project has many willing volunteers who help in the kitchen and with general supervision.

There are 30-40 youths aged between 11 and 17 who attend on Monday and Tuesday evenings, 6pm-9.30pm, with even more evenings being requested.

The Phoenix Trust’s Snak Shak project is celebrating four years at its warehouse home at High Street. Before then the project operated from an old caravan in the car park of Budgens supermarket.

Co-founder of the project Marjorie Graham said: “The aim of the project is to keep the youth off the streets and hopefully minimise anti-social behaviour within the town.

“The youth provision is a friendly place for all youngsters to meet with their friends and to enjoy cost-price foods and free cakes provided by the village bakery.

“There is a TV, music and many table games, including air hockey. Local officers from Selsey neighbourhood policing team regularly drop in for a cup of tea and a chat.”

With rent and running costs totalling more than £12,000 per year, fundraising is ongoing and the youth provision is now part of the funding hub VCACD in Chichester.

The project is always looking for more volunteers, particularly men.