Rainworth youth project helps to bridge the gap

.Youngsters from Rainworth Youth Club practice for a Free running open day at the centre
.Youngsters from Rainworth Youth Club practice for a Free running open day at the centre

WITH a reputation for helping teenagers, the Detached Youth Project is going from strength to strength after setting up base in Rainworth in April.

The charity, which took over the running of Rainworth Youth Centre, on Kirklington Road, following budget cuts to services for young people by Nottinghamshire County Council, helps give teenagers a voice in the community through activities, workshops, education and training.

Director Claire Dady helped set up the project and says the centre gives opportunities for youngsters in Rainworth and Blidworth to shine.

“Most people think the youth centre is run by Nottinghamshire County Council but we run it as an independent charity which doesn’t receive direct funding,” she said.

“But we have fantastic feedback from the kids who come and if we get more young people, we can do even more activities.”

The centre provides sports activities including badminton, free running and table tennis as well as crafts, film nights and fundraising projects for outdoor activities.

For older children, the service offers support and guidance and tackles important issues such as sexual health, drugs and alcohol misuse as well as education and training, including voluntary work. There are also opportunities to train as youth development officers.

Advice can also be sought on housing, homelessness and independent living as well as family relationship support.

“We give a holistic approach by assessing personal circumstances,” added Claire, who has worked in youth services for 17 years. “There are around 1,000 people aged under 18 living in Rainworth and Blidworth and we want to get more of them coming to the youth centre.

“We have some really inspiring young people who come here and we get a buzz out of working with them.”

Detached Youth Project is holding an open morning at Rainworth Youth Centre on Friday from 11am-2pm.

Contact Claire Dady on 490498 or 07709353071 or visit www.detachedyouthproject.org.uk For information on Maximum Movement, which teach free running at Rainworth Youth Centre every Wednesday, visit Facebook and search for ‘Maximum Movement’.