Successful youth scheme set to continue

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A YOUTH service that has grown to more than 130 members after its first year has secured funding for at least another six months.

Burton Latimer Youth Scheme, which meets at the town’s Civic Centre, in High Street, every Wednesday and Friday between 7pm and 9.30pm, has secured funding for another six months.

The service, which was set up a year ago, has 130 teenagers on its books, with a maximum of 30 young people attending each time.

Jan Smith, who serves on the town and borough councils, said: “The scheme gives young people in our town a safe place to meet, socialise and gain help or advice from trained youth workers, in total confidence.”

It is aimed at teenagers attending secondary school, and is funded by grants obtained by Burton Latimer Anti-Social Team (BLAST), which also oversees the project.

Members have the opportunity to take part in various activities, including pool, music mixing and craft activities.

Some are also working towards NVQs and other recognisable achievements.

The meetings also offer life education sessions on subjects such as drug and alcohol awareness, and safe sex. The teenagers can also discuss personal matters with the youth workers.

For details call 01536 721261.