Belle Vue staff launch new youth project

SESSION: Youth worker Lynette Stokes and a group of youngsters at the launch event.
SESSION: Youth worker Lynette Stokes and a group of youngsters at the launch event.

A COMMUNITY centre has launched a new project for young people in the area.

Staff from Belle Vue Community Sports & Youth Centre, in Kendal Road, Hartlepool, have started the new project at the Kilmarnock Road Children, Young People and Family Resource Centre.

The project started on the last Thursday in September and it will be running every Thursday from now on between 7pm and 9pm.

It is aimed at young people aged between 11 and 19 years.

Organisers say the project is a youth drop in for young people in the area which they say is sadly lacking in youth provision.

The Belle Vue Community Sports & Youth Centre and its experienced team of youth workers have identified a need and are providing this “much needed” project.

Sue Rowley, of Belle Vue Centre, said: “The Belle Vue Centre is running this session and staff held a competition to name the new youth drop in.

“The prize was an I-pod touch donated by Hartlepool Round Table.

“The winner was Gary Groom, a 13-year-old local resident. It was donated by Mark Rycraft on behalf of Hartlepool Round Table.

“Gary came up with the winning name “Supporting Teens Successfully” and that will be the new name for the drop-in service that is run by the Belle Vue Community, Sport and Youth Centre whose experienced team of youth workers led by team leader Ian Bell will be running the sessions.”

For more information about the project at Kilmarnock Road Children, Young People and Family Resource Centre email sue.rowley@bellevuecentre.org.uk