Youth Hang-Out goes from Strength to Strength

By Stephanie Powell – Sussex Clubs for Young People.

Thank you to everybody who shared our social media posts or read about the youth club in this magazine and promoted us to others. As a result we had a lovely influx of new members coming in July as well as our existing members going on annual summer camp, so July was an exciting month for Hassocks Youth Hangout.

Our taster sessions included a DJ Workshop, smoothie making and skate park hangout as well as a graffiti art workshop. The feedback young people gave was extremely positive and they are excited to return when we start up again on Wednesday 18th September.

In June the group were working on an Adastra Summer Trail for families to take part in at the Hassocks Play Day on 5th August, a project which was generously funded by the Turner-Dumbrell Foundation. I’m pleased to report that it was a success with just shy of 100 children taking part in the trail with the support of their family or guardians. Everyone that completed the trail was awarded with a little goody bag to take away with them. Thank you to everyone that came to Adastra Park and took part in the trail as well as the T-shirt making that Sussex Clubs for Young People were offering too.

This year the youth club has received funding from Clarion Futures, and they kindly invited us to Birmingham to celebrate the work we have been doing in Hassocks with other youth groups that have been funded by them. This was a networking and training opportunity for the workers and the young people as well as a celebration of the work that had been done. I took one of our young leaders with me, and he said that he really enjoyed the event and it was good to meet other people from different areas that are doing similar things to him to make friends with. Our work was recognised nationally and we received an award for the support, services and space we provide to young people.

When we return on 18th September we will be asking young people what they would like to do as a fun project for the remainder of the year. They will gain an accreditation for taking part in their chosen activity, which can be as silly or as sensible as they like! The remainder of the year will also include a trip to JumpIn Fun (date tbc), a Halloween Party on 30th October and a Celebration Event with festive food on 16th December.

Multiple members of the community have expressed an interest in supporting the youth club, so keep your eyes peeled as we will be doing an online crowdfunder, launching in October, where we would be really grateful for individuals and businesses to make a pledge showing their support for the youth club.

We would love for more young people to join in the fun, so please let them know they are welcome to come down to youth club on Wednesday evenings at Adastra Hall, 6.30-8.30pm for only £1. For more information please contact Steph on 07504 516312 or stephanie.powell@sussexcyp.org.uk.

Courtesy of Hassocks Life September issue https://www.hassockslife.co.uk/