Book club first activity at Hut
What else would youth like?
Cromwell’s new youth worker Amy Philip wants the town’s youngsters to ‘‘think big’’. ‘‘I love seeing teenagers reach out and achieve their dreams,’’ she says. ‘‘A lot of people are too scared to think big in case they fail, but I think they should just do it and I’ll support them as much as I can.’’ The mother of three young children has been in her new role for a month and said she was passionate about teenagers. Although she has no formal training as a youth worker, she realised how much she loved working with teenagers during her time working as a teacher aide and IT technician at Cromwell College. She already has lots of new ideas and initiatives in mind and is keen for the youth centre – The Hut – to offer teenagers more activities and things to do rather than just being purely a drop in centre. Next month, a youth book club will begin which Mrs Philip decided to introduce after a group of teenagers asked for it. Before she introduces any more new initiatives she was carrying out research to see what it was the youth actually wanted. Mrs Philip said although the youth centre had faced some issues in the past, it was still a popular place, with 425 young people using it last month. As well as spending time at the youth centre, Mrs Philip also spends two lunchtimes a week at the two primary schools. ‘‘It’s important to get to know the primary school kids so when they come to The Hut when they’re older; we’ve already established a relationship.’’ Mrs Philip is also a member of the student council at Cromwell College and has joined the Blue Light committee.
Excited: New Cromwell youth worker Amy Philip is is looking forward to introducing more activities for young people.