Successful relaunch for Holyport Youth Club

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Holyport Youth Club

A successful relaunch of Holyport Youth Club saw more than 15 youngsters attend the first session on Thursday, April 14.

The club had been closed for the last six months, before volunteers Marcelle Stoughton and Jo Childerhouse decided to step in and relaunch it.

The site in Moneyrow Green was given a fresh lick of paint and new furniture was bought especially for the club.

Marcelle said: “The first session went really well and we had a great turnout.

“We’re really pleased with how it went and everyone was talking about it on social media the next day, so we’re hoping the word gets spread round.

“We had one parent say that it was all their daughter could talk about on the way home. We just let them get on with it, I think we will have some planned activities but everyone was quite happy doing their own thing and playing pool, games, and listening to music.”

Holyport Youth Club has been running since 1964 and offers teenagers a safe space to meet up with their friends, socialise and take part in activities and trips.

Among those attending the club this week were friends Daisy Rinder, 10, April Rinder, 11, Orla Connolly, 10, Chloe Rackley, 11, Ella Johnston, 11 and Millie Durant, 10 who all attend Holyport Primary School.

They will be going off to different secondary schools in September so the club will provide them a great way to stay in touch.

Chloe said: “It’s a safe space for us to hang out and see each other after school.”

The club is still in need of volunteers to help run the sessions, especially males as all the current volunteers are female.

The club is for 10-14-year-olds and will run every Thursday from 6.30-8pm.

Email marcelle@holyportvillagehall.org.uk if you are interested in volunteering at the club.

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