|Shevington Youth Club reopens
A popular youth club in Wigan Borough has reopened, offering activities and a safe space for local young people in the area.
Shevington Youth Club closed over a year ago but has been given a new lease of life thanks to a partnership between the community, Wigan Council and Greater Manchester Police.
It will initially be open every Thursday evening from 7-9pm and consultation has been done with pupils from Shevington High School to find out what activities they would like to run from the independent club.
It is hoped the reopening of the club will address some anti-social behaviour issues in the area and offer young people somewhere safe to socialise with activities including sports, arts and crafts, cooking and relaxing.
John Whiteley, secretary of ShevingtonYouth Club, said: “This has always been a community building and we wanted to do something good for the community.
“We’ve had a lot of help from the council over the years but this time we’re working with them differently and they’ve helped us in other ways including accessing grants and practical support.
“We have three new paid youth workers who are fully trained and ready to support the young people.
“The club will also be open to hire for events. We hope it will be something the whole community can benefit from.”
James Winterbottom, director of children’s services, said: “It is great to have this community facility up and running again, providing a space for our young people and an asset for the whole community as part of The Deal.
“The partners have worked together to make this happen, to reduce anti-social behaviour and provide more opportunities and activities for young people. This way of working means we are all working towards a shared goal to improve the lives of residents.”
To contact John for more information about the club or about hiring it for an event email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01257 423342.