Club heads to the lakes

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A POPULAR youth club reopens on Monday offering a range of new activities for youngsters.

Tommy’s Youth Club on London Street has been closed for two months, but is ready to open its doors after new youth leader Jed Sullivan came up with a fresh and appealing timetable for members.

Changes include week-long residential trips to the Lake District over the summer.

Mr Sullivan said: “We will be looking at windsurfing, kayaking, mountain-biking and all sorts of team-building stuff.

“Places will be heavily subsidised so the cost will be minimal and no-one will be left behind because of affordability.”

The trips – one for juniors and one for seniors – are to be held at a camp in Bassenthwaite and there will be two weekends at the Ormside Residential Centre in Appleby.

Mr Sullivan added: “There will be a lot of group work with the aim of young people taking ownership of the club and getting more involved in the running and decision-making processes.”

On regular club nights at Tommy’s Youth Club there will be Wii activities, pool, boxing, cooking, arts and crafts and computers.

Other features include movie nights, a homework room and a coffee bar.

Mr Sullivan added: “These are fantastic facilities and I believe the best in the area for our young people.

“But we still need more volunteers, without them we just can’t function so anyone interested in helping would be made very welcome.”

Mr Sullivan is the club’s third leader in just over 12 months but trustees believe they have the right man for the job.

Chairman Stewart Walker said: “We have now got a very experienced club leader with a wealth of knowledge in providing a safe, warm and affordable place for young people.”

Originally from the Wirral, Mr Sullivan began in youth and community work in 1999 working with Blackpool Boys’ and Girls’ Club.

After graduating from university he returned to Blackpool as an area youth manager and from 2008 he worked for Blackburn and Darwen Borough.

New members looking to join Tommy’s Youth Club will be charged £2 per year and an admission charge of 50p every time they attend.

Nights for high school students are Mondays and Wednesdays from 6.45pm to 9.45pm and junior nights are on Tuesday and Thursdays from 5.45pm to 7.45pm.

There will be an open night for the parents of juniors on Thursday, April 31.

Anyone interested in becoming a member, helping during sessions or attending the parents’ evening should call the club on (01253) 283891.