Plans for youth centre give young people a bright future

Skegness Youth Centre could have a bright future under plans for a management shake-up.
Skegness Youth Centre could have a bright future under plans for a management shake-up.
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TAKEOVER plans for Skegness Youth Centre have been submitted to help create a brighter future for the town’s young people.

Faced with a reduction in the level of support offered by Lincolnshire County Council in operating youth services throughout the county, a new management plan has been devised to save the centre so it can continue its vital work.

Scout leader and founding member of Skegness Ability Group, Sylvia Myers, would take the role of chairman with support from vice-chairman Coun Mark Smith and several enthusiastic parents.

Currently, the centre only opens two nights a week but the committee hopes to expand on that by inviting more groups to use it, thereby sharing running costs to make it cheaper for everyone.

Ambitious plans to create a new multi-use games area and improve security so groups can camp safely on the site are already being explored with funding applications for Olympic grant schemes.

Coun Smith believes Skegness is “well ahead of the curve” in safeguarding a vibrant future for its youth thanks to the passionate leadership of Mrs Myers who has “taken the bull by the horns”.

He said: “It’s absolutely fundamental that the youth have a support mechanism in the town and a place where they can have a little space and time away from adults with support from youth workers.

“I can remember kicking a football around the youth centre when I was a boy and I want to see the facility available for generations to come.

“Sylvia Myers has really taken the bull by the horns and collectively the new group has a passion for looking after young people and helping them develop.”