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Young people’s calls for more activities in rural village are met

A youth group has been launched to give young people living in a rural Staffordshire village more activities to get involved in, thanks to funding from a housing association.

Staffordshire County Council has received funding from South Staffordshire Housing Association (SSHA) to help launch a new youth group in Bishop’s Wood.

The group for 11 to 17 year olds, which meets on Wednesdays from 6.30pm to 9pm, brings young people together to enjoy art and craft activities and games, as well as giving them volunteering opportunities to help them achieve their Duke of Edinburgh certificate.

Sessions are also being run to give the young people advice and guidance on issues such as drug, alcohol and sexual health awareness, staying safe, and careers.

Staffordshire Young People’s Service (SYPS) started the youth group after a consultation with 23 young people showed that young residents wanted more activities for 11 to 18 year olds.

County Councillor Mike Lawrence, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said: “We are delighted to have received funding from South Staffordshire Housing Association. It is helping us to offer more activities for the young people to do. We have also received support from the Rotary Club which has donated games to us.

“Youth workers will be talking to the young people over the next few weeks to see what outdoor activities they would like to take part in over the summer and we will be using the funding to buy some more equipment.”

Janet Goode, director of customer services at SSHA, said: “It is important that there are facilities for young people in rural areas as well as larger villages. This group will give people many opportunities to socialise and learn new skills.

“We are pleased that we are able to support community groups in the areas in which we work to help people of all ages access new opportunities.”

For more information on the Bishop’s Wood Youth Club contact Julie Jones on 01785 841699.