Kirk Hallam Youth Club is a new group developed by Enthusiasm Trust with the aim of offering a programme of engaging and enjoyable activities for local young people. It also plans to build capacity by enabling local people to train as volunteers and run the project.
Enthusiasm have been working hard to make contact with local young people and to let them know about the weekly club nights which run on a Tuesday evening at Kirk Hallam Social Club between 6.30pm and 8.00pm.
Attendance numbers at the club have grown and now up to 70 young people come along and take part in activities each week!
Enthusiasm Trust have already identified 6 people who are passionate and want to make a difference in their local community by donating time to the club. They have attended regularly as volunteers and have received training in how to develop and plan a youth club and work effectively with young people
Here’s what some of the young people and volunteers have said about the youth club:
“It’s fun and safe and great for the Kirk Hallam community.”
Mimi Anderson (young person)
“It’s the best thing that’s happened to Kirk Hallam. Its better because you can come here instead of causing trouble on the streets. The best thing about it is seeing your friends.”
Liam Haywood (young person)
“Week nights used to be boring but ever since this started now they are not, I am so glad I came. There’s always a different activity every week.”
Lily Potter (young person)
The youth club is a great idea to bring local young people together to decide what they want to do and they become apart of it. It gives them something to do to keep them off the streets. I enjoy being a volunteer and giving something back after living here for 9 years. I enjoy living here it’s safe and people are welcoming. Kirk Hallam sometimes gets a bad reputation but stuff like this helps to show the positives.”
Emma Hardy (local volunteer)
Enthusiasm continue to seek people from the community with the right skills who are interested in being involved in running the club. Over the next few months the youth club leaders will also be holding a special big youth event and have asked the young people to vote on whether they want a Neon Party, The Cube (game show) or I’m a celebrity. They will also be holding an official launch including inviting local councillors and Big Kirk Hallam steering group members as well as other local people.