A new Uckfield youth centre was opened on Saturday by Wealden MP, Charles Hendry.
The centre has been established by the town’s Baptist church in buildings next to the Luxford Field and the Civic Centre, known as The Source.
Richard Dowling, the youth worker for Uckfield Baptist Church, said: “Children matter, therefore we invest in their future today. That is why we have resourced the youth centre to show the value that we place on young people. All this costs time and money which we invest gladly.”
The Source has existed since 2007. Uckfield Baptist Church started renting the space in 2009, using it for various youth focused events.
Their use of this centre gradually grew until they were using it for toddler groups, drop-in sessions and youth clubs. This year, in March the Church, having raised enough funds, took out a five-year lease on the building, in order to turn this space into a permanent youth centre.
Mr Hendry said: “I was delighted to be invited to open this new centre, The Source. It will be an important facility for both the Uckfield Baptist community as well as the wider Uckfield population. “A huge thank you should go to the Baptist Church for having the vision to see what could be achieved and the commitments to make it happen. It is important that young people have a safe place where they can go to relax, take part in a range of activities and events, and spend time with their peers.
“I feel that this will be an excellent environment for that to happen.”
The event was also attended by the Mayor of Uckfield, Cllr John Carvey, the town’s Baptist Minister and headteachers.
Pictured at the opening ceremony are Charles Hendry MP, John Carvey ( town mayor ), police sergeant Amy Mason, Stuart Davison (Baptist Church), Keith Rudman (Baptist Church) and Richard Dowling (Baptist Church).