FAMILIES enjoyed a day of fun and games as a popular youth group celebrated its fifth birthday.
Dozens of smiling youngsters were spoilt for choice with a selection of activities organised for them at the birthday bash of the Central Correctors. The Central Estate-based group was launched five years ago and leaders organised an action-filled event for members and their family and friends at Hartlepool Rovers Rugby Club, in West View Road, to celebrate the occasion.
Charlene Twidale, 37, set up Central Correctors to give youngsters on the Central Estate “something to do” with their spare time.
The mum-of-three who lives on the estate, said: “When I set it up I never thought it would be as popular and grow like it has done, it’s been a fantastic five years for the group.”
“I just set it up thinking some of the kids on the estate might want to come along, there was nothing at all for them to do.”
Sessions for youngsters on the Central Estate are now held at the Phoenix Centre on a Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and every other Sunday.
And the youngsters made the most of the fun on offer at the party to celebrate the youth group’s birthday.
A disco, crafts and games were all on offer while tombolas, raffles and auctions were also held during the day. Awards were also handed out to young members with two-year-old Cassidy Draper winning the Cutest Member award. Charlene added: “Our members all really enjoyed themselves, it was a great day.
“We had lots going on, it was all good fun.”
Central Correctors have a number of events and activities coming up in the months ahead.
The youngsters usually raise some cash for an annual residential trip but Charlene said this year members have opted for a number of day trips instead.
The group runs a street dance session on a Monday from 5pm-6.30pm for five to eight-year-olds and a session immediately afterwards for those aged eight to 16.
The group meets on a Tuesday at the same time for the younger age group and from 7pm-9pm for those aged nine and over.
The older children can enjoy a session every Friday from 5pm-8pm while a parent and toddler class takes place on a Saturday from 11am-1pm.
Central Correctors also hosts a session every other Sunday from 1pm-3pm.
For more information about the group, call Charlene on 07955294588.