A relaunch of Uckfield youth club will take place immediately after Easter.
The club has been closed for some years and will re-start for children aged 11 to 12 (years 7s) at the Downsview Crescent youth centre on the Manor Park Estate.
Last year Sussex Police organised meetings between community groups and local businesses.
Drop in youth crime
A press release, issued by Uckfield Town Council on behalf of the partnership which worked on the reopening, said: “These meetings were set up to discuss and deal with concerns relating to youth crime and anti-social behaviour and led to many successes which resulted in a drop in youth-related incidents in Uckfield.
“It was also realised that, in order to prevent similar problems occurring in the future, a longer-term plan would be needed to engage young people.
Youth club team
“The Youth Club Project Team – comprising the Uckfield & District Chamber of Commerce, East Sussex Youth Services, Uckfield College, Tesco and Uckfield Town Council – has secured support and funding to re-open the youth club via the Uckfield Chamber, who have kindly offered to sponsor the project in year one, to help it get it off the ground.
“It will provide a safe space for young people to socialise, take part in activities and hopefully guide future generations in a positive way.”
The town council statement said the plan was to hold the youth club one evening per week for a two-hour session.
Aims to expand
The aim is to expand the age range if the re-opening is successful.
The club will be run by youth workers managed by East Sussex County Council’s Youth Service team, and local volunteers.
If anyone is interested in volunteering there are more details here (external link)
The town council said a launch event for the youth club was planned for the week beginning April 22.