Youth club plan receives promising local support
A campaign to get a youth club set up for teenagers who have ‘nothing to do’ has got off to a good start with initial funding being put in place to pilot the idea. More than 20 Odd Down residents attended a public meeting at the weekend to show their support and discuss plans for how they could open the youth club for bored teens in the area. Eager residents joined forces with members of the Odd Down Community Association, who hosted the event, and came up with ideas for fundraising and offers to volunteer at the club. The idea for the youth club was first raised by Lisa Watt, who made the plea on Facebook after hearing a lot of negativity about youngsters in the area. She said: “We were very happy with the attendance we had at the meeting on Saturday and feel this is very much needed for the youth of Odd Down. “A youth club would give the teenagers and younger children a place to go, somewhere safe for them to meet their friends but in a controlled environment.” The Odd Down Community Association has now authorised some initial funding to get the ball rolling and is looking into fundraising ideas to keep the club going. The campaigners and ODCA are looking to open the youth club one evening a week starting with a junior club for ages eight to 11 and then a senior club to follow. Although the club won’t be opening until next year, youths will be asked their views and opinions on what they want from it and volunteers will be trained and DBS checked. The ODCA’S secretary, Graham Pearson, said he was very pleased with the turn out and hoped more people will jump on board and help make it a success. He said: “The meeting was very successful and there were plenty of very good ideas on how to get it started but we are at the very beginning. There is a lot of research and planning to do and it is vital we speak with the youths of the area to understand what they want from the club. “The challenge as always is funding and we need to ensure the club can be sustained but we will be working very closely with not just the residents and volunteers but also Bath Youth For Christ and the youths themselves.” Once the club is up and running it will be managed by a fully qualified youth worker as well as a team of volunteers who will be trained and DBS checked. A volunteer training day has been confirmed for September 22 at a yet to be confirmed venue. A follow up meeting is also planned for October 6 to follow up actions and keep momentum going. All ideas and suggestions for fundraising are welcome.
Odd Down Community Association members and residents at the meeting