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Ward Councillors Support Immingham Youth Project

March 8, 2016

YOUNG people at YMCA Humber’s Immingham youth club are celebrating after Ward Funding to the tune of £250 was presented to support their project.

The funding was presented by the town’s councillors, Cllr David Bolton, Cllr Dave Watson and Cllr Mike Burton to youth workers at the project on Monday 29 February.

YMCA Humber will use the funding for more activities within the weekly club, which boasts being the town’s only open-access youth activity.

The project has been running on Mondays at the town’s Resource Centre in Margaret Street since September 2015, with attendance figures of up to 50 young people each week.

Over 120 young people have been engaged by the youth club in total over the last six months and they regularly enjoy the activities, enriching trips and support that the club provides.

Jocelyn Dennis is YMCA Humber’s community youth worker and she spoke about the difference the funding can provide to the youth club.

She said: “We started with just a giant Jenga board game and have developed from there.

“At the moment we have pool, fußball, table tennis, air hockey, computer games, arts and crafts and woodwork

“But we want to keep developing the activities that we provide, so this funding will be invaluable.

“We can also use some of the money to subsidise trips for the young people.

“Recently, we took a busload to Rock City in Hull and we were amazed at how few of them had been over the Humber Bridge!”

Cllr Watson was one of the three councillors that took a tour of the project and he was delighted with the impact that the club has had on young people’s lives.

He said: “This is just the sort of project that we like to provide with ward funding.

“The young people speak so highly of the project and you can see the fun and learning that they are getting from the different activities.”

Jocelyn continued: “The funding means so much to us as a group.

“We have such a dedicated team of volunteers and the young people are always telling us how much the club means to them – it really is a big part of their lives.”

The club runs from 6pm-8pm on Mondays from the Resource Centre and costs 50p per person per session. If you are interested in attending the club, please call Jocelyn on 07736 156 122 or email jocelyn.dennis@ymca-humber.com. You can also find out more about the group on their Facebook page www.facebook.com/ymcaimmingham.

PHOTO | Cllr Dave Watson presents a cheque for £250 to YMCA Humber Community Youth Worker Jocelyn Dennis, also pictured from left-to-right Adam Wood, YMCA Humber youth worker, Cllr Mike Burton and Cllr David Bolton