Youth sessions quadruple at Crawley centre

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The number of youth sessions at Bewbush Community Centre has quadrupled.

A launch party for three new weekly sessions was held at the site in Dorsten Square on Tuesday last week (September 15).

Crawley Community Youth Service (CCYS), a voluntary youth organisation, received funding from West Sussex County Council’s Think Family Neighbourhoods Programme for them.

Tim Simmans, service co-ordinator at CCYS, said: “We are delighted to be able to open further sessions at Bewbush Youth Centre and to offer local young people safe spaces to socialise and engage in fun, positive activities.”

County councillor Chris Oxlade (Lab, Bewbush & Ifield West) said youth provision was ‘devastated’ by county council budget cuts in 2010. He said: “Local residents always knew there was a strong need for youth provision and it is great to see the Think Family scheme realising that need by supporting groups like CCYS.”

A spokesman for Crawley Borough Council said a lack of youth activities was identified as a priority for Bewbush in its neighbourhood audit last October. Partners including Bewbush Community Nursery, CCYS and Crawley Town Community Foundation applied for the Think Family funding to set up a new project that included the development of an after school club, youth sessions at the Bewbush Youth Centre and an extra Crawley Kicks session.

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