New youth group launched in Ribble Valley

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A RIBBLE Valley mum, aware of the lack of places for young people to meet in her village, has set up a new youth group, aided by council funding.

Mother-of-two Sally Emmanuel secured a £2,609 grant from Lancashire County Council to set up the new group, which will meet at Newton-in-Bowland Village Hall every second and fourth Friday of the month from 6-30 to 8-30 p.m.

Ribble Valley Borough Council has bought the group £1,000-worth of new equipment.

The group caters for young people aged 10 to 16 who can attend for £1.25 a session and enjoy table tennis and arts and crafts. They can also make use of a pool table, football table, two Playstation Connect games, board games or even try cooking.

Newton resident Sally, full-time mother to a six-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter, realised there was a the lack of “safe” places for young people to meet. “Our aim is to provide a safe place for children from Newton and the surrounding villages to meet, take part in activities, and make new friends,” she said.

Sally added that, to encourage personal development, a young persons’ committee has been formed with a chairperson, secretary, activities organiser and tuck shop manager.

Sally has been guided in her efforts by Gaja Gannon, a Lancashire County Council young people’s worker for Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley, who runs a youth group in the village hall in Slaidburn on Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m.

Now fully operational, the youth group has organised a disco on March 18th to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the village hall and will be running the village’s May Queen event in June to raise funds.

Parents and residents keen to support the group and volunteer on Fridays, should contact Sally on 07875 786039.