For the first time in Downside Fisher's 100 year history, the Bermondsey youth club is now regularly open on Friday nights to get young people off the streets and keep them occupied and interested.
Jointly funded by Southwark Council (£25,000) and the Home Office (£10,000), the scheme is run by the young people themselves and include activities such as swimming, traditional board games, virtual dance classes using cyber coach technology, and eight young people in training to be the club's first volunteer qualified lifeguards.
The Downside Fisher Youth Club supports children and young people from Bermondsey and its neighbouring areas, and enables them to develop their skills as capable, confident young adults through a structured programme of sporting, artistic and educational activities.
It inspires young people to develop their potential and interests, cope with changes in their lives and operate effectively in groups and take a responsible role in the community.
"Downside Fisher is playing a vital role in our local community in helping young people stay away from any anti social behaviour," says Cllr Lisa Rajan, executive member for children's services.
"The council is committed to supporting local initiatives which give young people many activities to fill their spare time. This is why the council has provided funding for this project that will help our young people fulfil their potential."
Claudia Webbe, who manages the club on Druid Street, added: "The initiative is having a positive effect on young people, families, residents and local communities with evidence of a decrease in crime and anti-social behaviour and more people feeling safe, a sense of belonging and unity."
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