A new Friday night youth club has been set up in Golborne and it has proved such a success with local young people that organisers are appealing for more volunteers to support it.
The club was set up following one of Wigan Council’s Have Your Say events, when residents in Golborne raised concerns that there was not enough for young people to do in the area.
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Local volunteers have come together with local councillors and staff from Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles and Wigan Council to set up the club at Heath Street Methodist Church, which offers activities including pool, badminton, computer games, music and cooking and importantly a safe, warm place for young people to meet on Friday evenings.
Coun Yvonne Klieve volunteers at the club every week.
She said: “We talked to lots of young people before setting up the club and they just wanted something to do and a place where they could go with their friends, especially in the winter.
“All our volunteers are given training as it’s also important that young people also get the chance to meet with positive adults and have a chat about any issues or concerns they might have.
“As part of The Deal we’ve committed to making sure there are more things for young people to do but we need volunteers to help us keep them running.”
Volunteer Rob Edge got involved with the club four weeks ago.
He said: “You see a different side to young people when you work somewhere like this. Before I would only see them in groups on street corners and I might not have thought the best of them but now I’ve got to know them as people and it’s great, we always say hello when I see them in Golborne now. Volunteering can be challenging but I’d recommend it.”
Megan Sharkey, 14, added: “It was so cold being outside in the winter so this is a great place to meet up with friends.”
It is at 6.30pm and for young people in school years eight to 11.