Budleigh's youth club calls for volunteer helpers

PUBLISHED: 09:28 29 March 2017

Youngster from Budleigh youth club learnt about birds of prey

Youngster from Budleigh youth club learnt about birds of prey

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People are being urged to volunteer at a weekly club for children in Budleigh Salterton.

The town’s only youth club, which formed eight years ago, currently has two adult volunteers supervising activities.

One of the volunteers has other interests, which may clash with the club, and more helpers are needed.

‘Responsible adults’ are now being urged to come forward as the group increases the amount of activities it puts on for the club.

During the summer, St Peter’s Primary School allows the club to use the playground and playing fields and this requires more adults to supervise.

Club trustee Tom Wright said: “The kids are a great bunch and it would be a great shame if their activities were curtailed by lack of a couple of volunteers.

“The community was very vociferous in the demand for a youth club, but what we need is tangible evidence of that support.”

The club was opened in June 2009, following a public campaign.

A petition was set up to launch a youth club and residents turned out in force for a public meeting to discuss the idea.

The Budleigh Community Youth Project Trust was set up and, initially, held the club in a mobile vehicle owned by Devon County Youth Service.

At that time, the Royal British Legion was looking to sell its half of the Venture Hall, in Moor Lane.

The youth club, supported by funding from county councillor Christine Channon, was able to take up that half. The other half is owned by the girl guides.

The Budleigh Community Youth Project Trust maintains the hall, as well as managing bookings from other groups.

Income from bookings goes ‘some way’ to meeting the running costs of the club.

Mr Wright added: “We have been through a couple of difficult periods, but we now have a group of two dozen or so young people - a good mix of boys and girls - who regularly come to the club.”

The club meets at the Venture Hall on Thursdays, from 6pm. Entry costs 50p and the first session is free.

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