Authored By Charlie Bennett June 20, 2013 and reblogged from Get Surrey
A YOUTH club that has helped to keep children from playing on the streets celebrated its first birthday last week.
As part of the celebration on Friday (June 14), the youngsters were given sweets and a Haribo cake with one candle.
Gill Warner, the club’s organiser and a ward councillor, said: “I am very pleased with the event and everyone enjoyed it.”
She set up the club to tackle behaviour issuesinvolving young people in Egham Hythe and in Pooley Green.
Complaints of antisocial behaviour around Pooley Green were once so rife that dispersal orders against the young culprits were temporarily imposed, forbidding young people from loitering and gathering together.
The club started out as the Pooley Green Youth Team, a council-funded pilot scheme that lasted four weeks but due to its success, Cllr Warner decided it should continue as a self-funded facility.
“There’s a real need for it,” she said. “They require somewhere to go.”
The youth club, which meets on Fridays, had only four children in attendance during its first week but this grew to 32 during the initial four-week period.
There is plenty to keep the youngsters entertained, with a pool table, X-Boxes, a Wii, ball games, table tennis, reading, drawing and occasionally cooking. There are also outdoor activities in the summer.
Cllr Warner thanked members of the club’s eight-strong team for their help during the past year and the emergency volunteers who had helped to run the programme.