Gorleston youth club aims to cut down on anti-social behaviour

GORLESTON safer neighbourhood team is calling on residents to come forward to help run a new youth club in the area in a bid to reduce problems of anti-social behaviour and support positive action in the district.

PCSO Dawn Kemp, who has been instrumental in setting up the Gorleston Chillax youth project, joined representatives from the East Norfolk Sixth Form College, other members of the Chillax team and Great Yarmouth mayor Barry Coleman to unveil new banners to promote the club.

The banners have been provided via the OTW Imaging, based at Aylsham, and will be put up on the brick building, which is home to Gorleston Chillax, opposite East Norfolk Sixth Form College.

The college has kindly supported the Chillax project by expanding their WiFi coverage to include the building and the initiative has also received funding from both the National Lottery and the Norfolk Community Fund, via Norfolk Community Foundation that was launched by the Norfolk County Strategic Partnership to help charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to support and strengthen their local communities.

The youth centre's grant of �4,000 will see its work expanded to offer internet access through laptops to assist with job searching, information gathering and general socialising for young people.

Now the hunt is on for new volunteers to ensure the club can continue to offer local young people a place they can go to hang out with their friends.

PCSO Kemp said they urgently need new helpers to run local sessions.

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'We often receive complaints from members of the public about young people hanging around, in some cases causing anti-social behaviour, but talk to the young people themselves and it's often the case that they have nowhere else they can go to be with their friends.

'The Gorleston Chillax team have worked hard to set up the club and to secure funding for laptops and other activities for those attending and, thanks to organisations such as the East Norfolk Sixth Form College, we are now in a position to be able to provide excellent facilities however we need adult helpers to supervise the sessions and provide support to the project.'

Anyone interested in find out more should call PCSO Dawn Kemp at Gorleston police on 101.