Council to take over youth club in Hailsham

A youth club is to be run by Hailsham Town Council after it said it wants to expand support for young people in the town.

Town Farm Youth Club was set up by the Town Farm Residents Association and town council and is currently run by the residents association and operates from the Maurice Thornton Pavilion on Monday evenings.

Town councillors agreed to take over management of the Town Farm Youth Club, offering the same service as that which was provided by the Town Farm Residents’ Association but using Hailsham Town Council staff and volunteers to run the youth facility on Monday evenings from 7pm to 8.30pm.

The youth club, which takes up to 25 people and is open to those aged 13 to 17, supplements existing services provided at the Square Youth Café in Market Square, the town council’s flagship centre for young people which opened in November 1999. Current facilities include a pool table, table tennis table, table football and a games console, as well as a fully-fitted kitchen used for cooking projects, tuck shop and graffiti art wall. Additional facilities may be introduced in the future, subject to funding, the council said.

Richard Grocock, joint oversight councillor for Youth Projects, said: “The town council is proud to have worked jointly with residents to set up the Town Farm Youth Club in 2010 by providing the venue for this important project and using the Maurice Thornton Pavilion for the greater good. By continuing to work with the Town Farm Residents’ Association in the future, we can ensure that the right services are provided for young people on the Town Farm estate and throughout the whole Hailsham community.”