visit is music to the ears of Youth Centre!
High Sheriff of Somerset, Pat Hunt, made a special visit to Highbridge
Youth Club on Friday evening (May 14th) where she was shown its
new juke box, which has been bought through a countywide scheme
to promote improved quality of life through the prevention of
new juke box was purchased with funding from Crimebeat, which
is backed by the High Sheriff, and whose aim is to give young
people up to the age of 25 an opportunity to help combat crime
and the causes of crime in their community.
PCSO Gill Bawler, who runs the club, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"The kids love the juke box. It is on all the time
it's great to see it being so well used."
youth club was started five years ago by Gill with the aim of
reducing anti-social behaviour in Highbridge by building positive
relationships between the local police and the community, and
providing young people a safe and positive place to meet.
club has been a real success and continues to go from strength
on Friday evenings from 6-8pm, the club is run by Gill and 20
local volunteers and attracts between 40-50 children a night.
Bawler added: "The Youth Club is a really good facility for
the local community. It gives young people a fun and safe environment
to meet with their friends and gives parents the peace of mind
knowing they are in safe hands."
are really grateful to the volunteers and the other organisations
which support us and provide funding such as Crimebeat."
volunteers provide a range of activities including dance, arts
& crafts and sports in addition to various outings and trips,
a pool table, PlayStation and arcade games. A tuck shop is extremely
popular with the youngsters and volunteers.
Bawler is currently looking for a new Youth Club Manager from
the local community to oversee the running of the club and its
volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering or want to know
about the scheme, contact PCSO Bawler on 0845 456 7000.
Crimebeat was launched back in 1998 and more details about the
scheme are available here.