Youth centre praised for guiding youngsters into adulthood - The Rugby Observer

Youth centre praised for guiding youngsters into adulthood

Andy Morris 31st Aug, 2017   0

YOUTH work funded by the National Lottery in Rugby has been praised by MP Mark Pawsey.

Mr Pawsey met staff at Hill Street Youth and Community Centre, who support children and young people to cope better with difficult circumstances, providing them with a better chance in life and helping them to become active in the community.

The centre was awarded over £250,000 of National Lottery funding in February 2015, allowing the centre to continue its work with youths – and also with people living with ill health, disabilities, loneliness and substance misuse problems.

James Logan, Project Leader of On Track – a youth club at Hill Street Youth and Community Centre – said: “On Track has played a pivotal role in helping the young people of Rugby. We support those who perhaps struggle to feel part of the wider community or have been disadvantaged by an adverse family situation, leaving them feeling hurt, isolated and unhappy.

“On Track gives young people the opportunity to engage in sport, regular exercise and let off steam, as well as provide them with new skills such as cookery.

“The centre is a great place where young people feel comfortable with youth workers they can trust, helping them to get back on their feet with renewed confidence and wellbeing.”

Mr Pawsey also spoke with youngsters who have benefited from the centre, including 18-year-old Steven Glover.

Stephen said: “The centre has guided me through adolescence to adulthood. On Track has given me a chance to make new friends where I could freely express myself as I struggled through school life.

“They have supported me with so much, through school life and relationships to CV writing and courses to help me develop.”

Mr Pawsey said he was delighted to see the variety of activities and projects that National Lottery Funding had made possible.

He said: “I was particularly interested to find out more about their On Track programme, which has helped so many young people in my constituency and talk to those who have benefitted from the Hill Street Centre’s support.

“I was impressed to see inside the recording studio which has been made possible thanks to National Lottery funding. This is a unique resource which is helping young people to express themselves and overcome challenges which they face.”

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