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13 AUG

New club for town’s youth

By timesecholife on in All News, Featured News

A NEW youth club is set to open in Cheadle.

(Pictured: Cheadle Youth Club before it closed its doors in 2014.)

Staffordshire County Council closed all of its youth clubs, including the one which used to be in Station Road, Cheadle, at the beginning of 2015 following a review of its youth services.

Now, the charity Staffordshire Clubs for Young People (Staffs CYP) is aiming to start a new weekly youth club in Cheadle after successfully gaining funding to be able to do so.

The organisation, which already operates youth clubs in Kidsgrove and Talke, is aiming to open the new Cheadle youth club in September.

Youth Development Officer at Staffs CYP, Ian Atherton, said: “Our aim is to open a youth club one night a week in the Cheadle area to offer young people aged ten to 16 a chance for somewhere to go and something positive and constructive to do with their time.

“Youth clubs are ideal places for young people to be off the streets and not getting involved in anti-social behaviour, and are also meeting places to make friends and get involved with planned positive activities.

“We are looking at possibly using the hall at the back of the methodist church in Cheadle and it may be Wednesday evenings when we run the new youth club as we already have two detached youth workers working in the area on that day.

“It will run during early evening time, probably from around 6pm or 7pm until around 9pm.”

Staffs CYP has successfully gained a £3,000 grant from the Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire to help get the new youth club in Cheadle off the ground; and they have also submitted an application for a further £1,000 from Cheadle Rotary Club.

Mr Atherton said: “If we are successful in gaining the grant from Cheadle Rotary then we will have enough money to run the club for around a year and a half. The funds will help pay for hall hire and staffing costs.

“We will then look to carry out further fund-raising next year to help make the youth club sustainable.”

Cheadle Town Mayor Ian Plant said of the news about the new youth club for Cheadle: “This could be something the youth of Cheadle needs. It was a big loss when the youth club closed.

“It is good to see someone leading from the front and doing something positive.

“Since the county council closed the youth club at Station Road site young people have been waiting for a place to go and meet with others and take up some activities.”

Anyone wishing to find out more about the youth work by Staffs CYP can visit the organisations website at www.staffscyp.org.uk

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