Budleigh Salterton youth to shape new youth club

PUBLISHED: 14:51 05 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:57 10 June 2010

YOUNG people in Budleigh Salterton will be asked for their views on a new youth club planned for the town.

YOUNG people in Budleigh Salterton will be asked for their views on a new youth club planned for the town.

The consultation will be run by Devon County Council's youth service from its mobile unit, and will give young people a chance to give their views on the look of the building and the services provided by the new club.

The service will be asking young people for their views on the direction of the club and activities for programmes; and also trying to recruit volunteers for the project.

The Devon County Council youth service mobile unit will be in Budleigh Salterton on Fridays, from November 7 to December 12 inclusive, and on Fridays January 9 and 16.

The new youth club, proposed for January 2009, is the result of extensive consultation and fundraising by local groups in the area.

The Budleigh Community Youth Project was set up to secure a building that could be used as a permanent facility for the youth club, and identified the Venture Hall, which came on sale in 2007.

Since then the group has raised £140k, £100k of which was donated by Devon County Council through its Investing in Devon programme - proceeds from the sale of Exeter Airport. The project has also secured £30k through the Council's Youth Capital Fund, and the remainder has been contributed by local residents and businesses.

Devon County Council's executive member for children and young people's services, Cllr John Smith, said: "We are pleased to have given our backing to this project, which has been the result of a great deal of energy and commitment from the local community - and in particular the Budleigh Community Youth Project - who have worked tirelessly on securing a building and raising the necessary funding.

"This is now an opportunity for young people in Budleigh to have their say about the facilities and services they would like to see in the centre. This new provision will give local young people a safe place to meet as well as a range of recreational and educational opportunities to choose from, and I would like to wish the project every success for the future."

The purchase of the Venture Hall is expected to be completed this month, and the project group is now working with Devon County Council to put in place a youth service provision for the first two years.

The youth club is expected to open on Friday January 23.

The Budleigh Community Youth Project is also seeking adult volunteers to help with the project - particularly those who could help with painting and decorating. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Malcolm Florey on (01395) 446806.

Anyone who would like further information about the consultation, or who would like to give their views but is unable to attend the mobile unit can contact Colleen Harris on (01404) 548735.

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