Central Devon MP and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Mel Stride visited Chudleigh Youth Centre recently to catch up with Chair Bill Keen.
On his fourth visit to the centre, his first since the pandemic, Mr Stride was told that the number of young people attending youth sessions has now recovered to pre-pandemic levels and that the management committee has recently been strengthened by three new members. But more funds are needed and the committee are waiting for a decision on two important grant applications.
In the meantime, they have three local fundraisers planned before Christmas starting with a Car Boot sale at Haldon Racecourse on Sunday 19th November from 1pm-4pm and a Coffee Morning on Saturday 25th November at the Rest Centre from 10am-11.30am. The Youth Centre will then host Santa in his Grotto at the Chudleigh Christmas Fayre on Thursday 7th December from 5pm-8pm. He will be accompanied by a range of stalls and the Handbell Ringers.
“Our team which run our youth sessions has grown but we still need to recruit additional adult volunteers and we also need a new co-ordinator for Friends of Chudleigh Youth Centre as our current co-ordinator is stepping down after many successful years. If anyone could help us with either role please contact us via our Facebook page for a chat about what is involved. We are reliant on volunteer support.”
Mr Stride added:
“Chudleigh Youth Centre is a fantastic place for young people to spend time and I am grateful for all the work that Bill and his committee does to keep it going.”
For more information visit www.facebook.com/ChudleighYouthCentre.