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Charity group takes reins of Louth Youth Centre from local authority

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: April 27, 2013

HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE: The Louth 13+ project will soon be taking on the running of Louth Youth Centre on Park Avenue.

HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE: The Louth 13+ project will soon be taking on the running of Louth Youth Centre on Park Avenue.

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AFTER 45 years of being run by a local authority, Louth Youth Centre is being taken over by a local charity group.

The Louth 13+ Project will very soon be taking over the day to day running of the Park Avenue youth centre from Lincolnshire County Council.

Since opening its doors 45 years ago, an estimated 15,500 young people have been involved in the work undertaken at the centre.

Youth and community development worker Brenda Maltby said: "It has always been a busy and bustling place.

"Twenty years ago Louth 13+ Project ran a drop-in centre for young people in the town and during the last 18 months the Louth 13+ Project management, supporters and volunteers, including some of the original members have worked tirelessly to raise funds to ensure the survival of the centre."

Successful funding bids from ELDC, individuals and Children in Need have ensured the project is now able to continue.

They are providing two evening sessions - Tuesday for 13 years and above and Friday evenings for 11 years and above. Each session costs the young people 50p.

Plus a day time project focusing on 16 years to 25 years offering a free session which incorporates employability, social skills and living alone skills.

Mrs Maltby added: "This is a new project and the Louth 13+ Project is pleased to be working with local businesses who will assist in providing information and expectations of employers through hands on guidance."

The Action for Young Carers group continues to meet at the centre every other Tuesday.

This development will see the centre become a youth and community centre providing various events and opportunities for all members of the community whilst keeping the focus of working with all young people.

Mrs Maltby said: "The project is always looking for volunteers to assist in the running of the centre. Three hours a month can make a big difference to the young people attending.

"We also need volunteers who can help with some repairs, gardening and painting."

If you can help please contact Brenda Maltby by email to aau@myself.com

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