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Downham Market Youth Centre celebrates first anniversary

Downham Market Youth Centre open day on Saturday. Charlie Davison (left) and Zack Shipp both aged 12 on their scooters. ANL-140414-084539001

Downham Market Youth Centre open day on Saturday. Charlie Davison (left) and Zack Shipp both aged 12 on their scooters. ANL-140414-084539001

Scooter racing was one of the many activities put on by a youth centre during an open day to celebrate its first anniversary.

Downham Youth Centre welcomed 100 people through the doors of its site in the former Clackclose School in Paradise Road to mark this milestone.

The site was founded, with help from the North Lynn Discovery Centre, to fill a gap for youngsters in the town.

Now staff put on activities three nights a week for children and teenagers.

But there are plans to add a £4,000 music studio within the next six months.

Centre manager Ali Rigby was delighted with the open day’s success after attracting an additional 20 youngsters.

He said: “It was a great day especially as we had extra young people coming in.

“We have made a difference to a lot of young people over the last year as they would not have anywhere to go.

“We have laid the foundations for the future and now we have got to get the name out there.”

The open day, which was attended by town mayor David Sharman and MP Elizabeth Truss, showcased some of the activities run by the centre, including a graffiti workshop and scooter ramps.

Staff run sessions for eight to 13-year-olds on Tuesdays followed by an urban art workshop for teenagers aged over 13 on Thursday. It also runs career guidance sessions on Fridays for youngsters who are not in training or education.

The centre is also running courses such as the sports leadership UK programme.

 

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