This is an exciting year in the 45 year history of Louth Youth Centre as it is about to undergo a change of management.
The Louth 13+ Project, a local youth charity, will soon be taking over the day to day running of the centre in Park Avenue from Lincolnshire County Council.
Brenda Maltby, Youth and Community Development Worker, said: “Twenty years ago the Louth 13+ Project ran a drop in centre for young people in the town and during the last 18 months the project management, supporters and volunteers, including some of the original members of the drop in centre, 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 providing the following -
Two evening sessions - Tuesdays for 13-year-olds and above and Friday evenings for 11-year-olds and above. Each session costs the young people 50p.
A daytime project focusing on 16 to 25-year-olds offers a free session which incorporates employability, social skills and living alone skills. 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.
Brenda said: “Working with Studio 21, Linx Housing, Monks Park Residents Association, and many other providers the project has a planned future.
“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. The young people will not be affected by the changes as the project volunteers have run sessions at the centre since November 2011, with numbers reaching 56 a session.
“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, painting, etc.”
If you can help please contact Brenda on firstname.lastname@example.org