Encourage and support projects to benefit young people  

 Lead Trustees: Tim Bird and Christine Bragg
The Partnership has been working to create more opportunities for young people to engage in social activities in a safe environment and make more use of the facilities available at the drop in centre.  The Army Cadet Force in Northumberland was approached and after a successful family information evening at the Town Hall in July, a new Army Cadet Unit started in Bellingham on 6th September.  The Unit  meets every Monday evening at the Drop in Centre from 7.00pm till 9.00pm.  As a pre taster to the 6th September opening, a Military Open Day  was held on 1st September on The Jubilee Field.  This was part of the Territorial Armies community event with interactive stands for all the family including,  operational vehicles as used in Afganistan,  climbing wall,  paintball, Inflatable assault course and wrecking ball, Laser Quest, Tug of War competition.  A very good time was had by all.

The cadets provide a wide range of military, adventurous and community activities aimed at improving skills and confidence. All young people aged between 12 and 18 years of age are welcome to join.  The force now has 21 enthusiastic recruits who have been put through their paces and will be officially enrolled following their initial training at a ceremony, attended by their families at the Town Hall on 13th December.
The next intake will join the Unit in January.

Drop In Centre

The Youth Centre continues to meet twice a week at the Drop in Centre on Tuesdays for the younger children and Thursday for the over 13’s. Again there are a wide range of facilities for the young people including snooker, table tennis, computer games and the opportunity to undertake art projects and attend organised events outside of Bellingham.  ELMAPS have recently awarded an additional £2000 to enable the Centre to either open on an additional evening during the winter months or fund additional winter activities.  The Partnership will continue to work seeking ways to improve and enhance the facilities for young people in the communities, looking at funding opportunities particularly focusing on young people in the more isolated areas, if a need is identified this could include securing transport to the Drop in Centre from some of the outlying parishes.


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