Borough Council of Wellingborough

Young people in Mears Ashby can now enjoy a new youth club

Published Tuesday, 08 January 2019

Young people in Mears Ashby have been given more opportunities to socialise and spend time learning new skills thanks to funding from the Borough Council of Wellingborough (BCW) and Cllr Clive Hallam.

Treasurer of Mears Ashby Youth Club, Michael Taylor secured funding from BCW’s Small Community Grant Fund, which has enabled the club to offer young people a safe and fun place to go on a Friday night and take part in a wide-range of educational activities and game.

Ward Councillor, Clive Hallam met with the Youth Club to help to secure funding for the organisation. Along with support from Mears Ashby Parish Council, Village Ladies Group and other local organisations, Mears Ashby Youth Club has been able to pay for public liability insurance, Northamptonshire Association Of Youth Clubs (NAYC) affiliation, equipment and rent for the village hall. This has enabled the youth club to offer dedicated sessions every week for youngsters in the local community.

Cllr Clive Hallam, said: “The new Mears Ashby Youth Club continues to grow and regularly caters for over 20 youngsters each week. This grant is a great help to provide much needed equipment for the hall and its user. I will continue to work with the local community in Mears Ashby to ensure that residents’ views are heard and support local organisations wherever possible.”

Treasurer of Mears Ashby Youth Club, Michael Taylor, said: “We are delighted to have secured funding from the council’s small community grant fund. This has been hugely beneficial and has enabled us to provide young people with a safe place to go and have fun together.

“We offer a number of different activities for youngsters, including barbecues, roller-skating and active games. I would encourage anyone who is interested in join us, or helping us to run the youth club to get in touch to find out more.”

Leader of the Borough Council of Wellingborough, Cllr Martin Griffiths, said: “We are dedicated to supporting as many local projects as possible and this is a fantastic example of how a little funding can make a huge difference.

“I am delighted to hear that youngsters are already enjoying meeting up and spending time getting active together. If your community group or project is looking for funding to enable you to make a difference to your local community, we would love to hear from you.”

Ward Councillor, Cllr Jennie Bone, said: “The funding will help to sustain the already fantastic cohesion amongst residents in Mears Ashby. I hope that residents enjoy their time at the Youth Club and taking part in diverse activities together.”

BCW’s Small Community Grants support projects up to £500 towards the cost of setting up a group or for one-off projects, which meet specific criteria. To find out more visit: www.wellingborough.gov.uk/communitygrants