More than 85 youngsters are regularly attending Uckfield Youth Club which was relaunched in April after being closed for many years.
Uckfield Chamber of Commerce donated funds to pay staffing costs for a year and, according to a report to Uckfield Town Council’s environment and leisure committee, the club’s financial situation is now looking healthy.
Cllr Ben Cox says Sussex Police have donated £500 for equipment, Holy Cross Church has given £2,000 and the youth club is making a small profit each week from the tuck shop.
He says: “The youth club are also looking at ways to do fund-raising, such as through the carnival, and other ideas too.”
His report says the needs of young people using the club are becoming “clear and easy to manage”. Rules and safety guidelines are to be reviewed and updated. Overall the feedback was good and the club going in the right direction.
Cllr Cox says that in planning for the future the club committee aims to stick with the group already using the club, continue with opening on a Thursday night, and to integrate new Year 7s in the New Year of 2020.
He adds the committee is considering where the club could be hosted in the future should the youth centre in Downsview Crescent not be available. A team is looking at other places and considering shared space to rent.
Read more about the relaunch of the youth club in another Uckfield News story: Uckfield Youth Club re-opens.