Egremont youth club, The Core, gets a revamp

YOUNG people have never had it so good! That’s often said by us old ‘uns but in Egremont it just happens to be true!

That’s because the Egremont Youth Club, which meets at The Core in Chapel Street, has been revamped with a new roof, electrics, central heating and lights.

It’s been shut for a few weeks but there’s little doubt that all the work will have been worthwhile.

And now the youth workers – Kathy McMullen and Sarah McNee, plus Academy peer volunteer, Ashleigh Dixon – are busy planning an exciting programme of events for 2016.

Kathy said: “It’s not just keeping them off the street, it’s about educating them in different things. Keeping them involved in a safe place. A lot of the ideas for projects do come from the young people themselves.”

There can be over 70 young people going through the doors each week and in the summer special trips and events are also organised, including canoeing, ghyll scrambling and the like.

Egremont Royal British Legion recently donated £750 to the Youth Partnership following a charity pool event.

Carole Woodman from the youth partnership said: “We should like to thank our funders, as we could not continue to operate without them:-

“Francis C Scott for the funds to buy the hall and fund the refurbishment with WREN; Copeland Community Fund and Cumbria Community Foundation for running costs, and the Police Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes, for funding the Cyber Cafe and Juice Bar.”

And she added: “We urgently need more volunteers to support and extend the sessions, particularly the Cyber Cafe and Juice Bar. Even a few hours a month would be appreciated. “We are also looking for a youth support worker and Trustees, so there are plenty of opportunities to get involved!”
The regular events include:-

  • Tuesdays: Cool Kids 4.30pm to 6pm for those aged 8 to 12
  • Wednesdays: 6pm to 7pm; projects for 12 plus including drugs, sexual health, team challenges
  • Friday night project: Drop In, held in conjunction with Inspira, 6.30pm to 8.30pm for 11 plus.
  • Sarah is starting a cyber cafe on Saturday which includes a Smoothie Bar, which will teach internet safety and how to use the internet to search for jobs.