A new Community Interest Company called Haywards Heath Youth CIC has been formed to ensure that youth activities continue at the Albemarle Centre in Haywards Heath.
It says future youth provision at the 50-year-old purpose built youth centre was threatened by the withdrawal of the WSCC Youth Support and Development Service.
Haywards Heath Youth CIC will run a youth club for 11 to 14 year olds on Thursdays from 6.45pm to 8.45pm at the centre, starting on September 12. Its first event is a Skatejam at Haywards Heath Town Day at Victoria Park this Saturday.
Youth worker Jules Beckett said: “The establishment of a new CIC is a really exciting development. We want to motivate, inspire and encourage young people aged 11 to 18 through providing fun, exciting and interesting opportunities and
“We will welcome all young people, listen to them and provide a safe space for them to engage and volunteer. Tell us what you’d like to do and we’ll help you achieve it.”
The club will offer accredited courses for skills such as babysitting or stage crewing for live music events. Opportunities for young people aged 14-plus to volunteer at the club and its events are being developed and form part of the CIC’s support for the Haywards Heath Open Award Centre, which also operates from Albemale and offers expedition training for the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
The CIC is appealing for support from the community for all its plans for youth activities and for volunteers to share skills “to keep a valuable local service open” on a short, medium or open-ended basis.
It also wants help and sponsorship from local companies. The Skatejam is being staged in partnership with Ballyhoo and Haywards Heath Town Council.
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