YOUTH group leaders have praised youngsters for their hard work and dedication – and are now putting their heads together to plan the year ahead.
The Central Correctors Youth Group, on Hartlepool’s Central Estate was set up around three and a half years ago to give youngsters something to do in their spare time.
Leaders say the chance for youngsters to attend the youth group on a weekly basis, at the Phoenix Centre, has changed the perception of them in the eyes of residents on the estate.
The hard-working young members of the group took part in a number of activities last year and organised a range of fundraising events.
They gave up their time to help bag-pack in supermarkets, set up stalls to raise funds for the group and organised their own parties and sponsored stay-awake event.
Some of the money raised during the events and activities will be put towards a residential trip.
Group leaders are hoping to raise enough money so all of the members can go to Peat Rigg, in North Yorkshire.
Charlene Twidale, 36, who helped to launch the group, credited the youngsters for their hard work and volunteers who give up their time to spend hours with the young members.
Charlene, who lives on the estate, said: “We had a really good year last year and I would like to say well done to all of the young members.
“The sponsored events and stalls we organised were a real success.
“The group is having a break at the minute and we will get together again at the end of this month.
“In that time we will be putting our heads together and coming up with ideas for this year.”
Charlene added: “I would like to thank all of the volunteers who give up their time to give the youngsters these opportunities.
“I would also like to thank Housing Hartlepool for letting us use the venue, without that there wouldn’t be a youth group at all.”
After a Christmas break, the group is set to meet again on Tuesday, January 24.
Youngsters aged nine and over meet at the centre on a Tuesday, from 7pm-9pm and on a Friday, from 5pm-8pm.
Those aged between five and eight years old can meet on a Tuesday, from 5pm-6.30pm. Younger children must live on the estate and parents must be able to pick them up and drop them back off.