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Ash and Ash Vale Youth Club Successfully Reopens its Doors

Ash and Ash Vale Youth Club Successfully Reopens its Doors

Surrey Clubs for Young People has issued the following press release;

Ash and Ash Vale youth club has seen a tremendous and heart-warming welcome back into the local community having been closed for some years.  Within a few short weeks of reopening this community gem has seen its number of club members rise to 25-30 young people who enjoy a wide range of activities such as pool, crafts, sports and a variety of other sessions led by a youth worker and volunteers.

Open from 7.30pm – 9.30pm every Thursday night at the cost of just £1.00 a week the club in Ash Hill Road, has actively worked with its young people to ensure that it meets their needs and provides activities that they will enjoy whilst also support them to develop into active and confident young adults. Volunteers have worked with the young people to set the Club rules with the focus being on respect.

Volunteer Chairperson Troy Atkin has been one of the team local volunteers who has been deeply committed to the clubs reopening, knowing the value and importance that it has within the community.

“Ash Youth Club is committed to providing the community as a whole an inclusive, safe and educational environment for youth members aged 11-17 to thrive. The Volunteer team and I, rely on the community spirit of Ash to come together and work to ensure the youth members of our community have the best possible tools to equip them throughout their journey in life. The team and I are thankful for all the support we have had so far from all members of the community and we will strive to ensure that Ash Youth Club becomes the safe-haven it once was.’ Troy Atkin Chairperson.

With such commitment and positive feedback from the young people attending the club it was no surprise that with support from Surrey Clubs for Young People (SCYP) has secured funding from Active Surrey to work with The Scorchers Foundation to provide a thirty-week programme of basketball at the club with squads of 12-14 young people.  The basketball sessions start on the 10th of March at 7:00pm and will be led by Jeremy Nanton-Hamel with one of Scorchers American Players helping out.  The sessions cost £1. Registration is vital and can be done by emailing SCYP, admin@scyp.co.uk 

It is hoped that after the thirty-week sessions have ended that SCYP and the club will have engaged volunteers to keep the basketball sessions running.  The club also needs active volunteers for a variety of roles to ensure its continued success and longevity, from working directly with young people to fundraising and other and trustee admin roles. 

“There are a variety of volunteer roles within youth clubs and many people have transferable skills they may not realise are vitally important to keeping youth clubs open. We welcome a friendly chat with anyone who would like to support Ash Vale in the future” Says Joyce Quinnell, SCYP Chief Officer. And you can do this by emailing volunteering@scyp.co.uk