A VILLAGE hall committee has created its own youth club in response to the proposed changes to youth services across the county.
Great Wood Hall committee has formed a sub-group to run a youth club at the venue in Hollington Road, Tean, for children aged up to 16, amid concerns over changes Staffordshire County Council is proposing to its youth services provision.
The council is planning to shed 120 paid youth workers’ and replace them with volunteers to run clubs.
Chairman of the village hall committee Denise Wheat said: “The youth bus has been withdrawn from Tean and the former youth cafe in the village closed some time ago.
“We want to create a space for the young people of Tean to come and socialise with their friends.
“We are looking to hire a youth worker for £10 per hour to work from 6.30pm until 9.30pm each week, along with preparation time, as well as attending regular committee meetings.
“We are also looking for volunteers to help supervise the children and help out with the tuck-shop and signing them in.”
“The club has enlisted the help of the Staffordshire Council Voluntary Youth Services (SCVYS) to support them with organising the risk assessment, child protection requirements, constitution, health and safety, and insurance for the club.
“It will take place every week on a Friday from 7pm until 9pm, and we will have guests coming in to do different activities with the kids and teach them different skills.”
Great Wood Hall is subsidised by Checkley Parish Council, which has a five-year lease with Staffordshire County Council, with the aim of purchasing it.
Keith Flunder, chairman of the parish council, added: “We have been trying to get a youth club up and running for ages and this year it fitted together with what is happening with the youth provision changes.”