New youth club started in Emsworth

A new youth group has started in Emsworth after two years of work by teenagers who wanted more to do in the town.

The club is holding its very first meeting tomorrow evening, Friday, June 2 at the Emsworth Community Association building in Church Path.

The club will be open from 7pm until 9pm every week throughout the year and it is hoped more than 30 teenagers aged between 13 and 16 from the local area will regularly attend.

The project has been developed over the past two years with Emsworth Community Association, members of the Emsworth Food Festival (EFF) Community Trust and Nicki Conyard, community development team leader from Havant Borough Council.

The group consulted with other local community groups and organisations, including a steering group from local schools who have been fully involved at all stages, and the idea of a youth group for an older group of teenagers was born.

Funding has mostly come from the EFF community trust which identified the youth club as its designated project which would most benefit the local community and its future.

The youth club will be run by Youth Options, a charity which supports, youngsters in Hampshire.

Lulu Bowerman from the Emsworth Youth Project group said: “Everyone involved in this project is delighted the club will soon be open.

“There will be some excellent activities being offered to the members and we hope that the club will go from strength to strength.”