Youth project reaches out to youngsters in West Suffolk

Bardwell village

Bardwell village - Credit: citizenside.com

A youth project aimed at delivering sport, film, music and internet access across 14 different west Suffolk villages over the summer, will launch in Bardwell and Ixworth next Monday.

The Rural Youth Project, which is being funded by St Edmundsbury Borough Council and delivered by YMCA Suffolk, will also see young people asked about the needs of their local area.

The sessions are aimed at young people aged from 11 to 19 years old and will offer them the chance to seek adult advice from qualified youth workers.

Robert Everitt, cabinet member for families and Communities said: “We are delighted to be working with YMCA Suffolk again this year to deliver a fantastic service for the young people who live in the more rural areas of St Edmundsbury. We hope that the project continues to be successful in engaging a great number of young people over the summer months.”

A combination of a van and youth workers on foot, will be used to deliver the various activities in the community.


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The project launches in Bardwell in the Cricket club car park from 4.30pm to 6.30pm on Monday before moving onto Ixworth, next to the community centre, from 7pm to 9pm the same evening.

Fiona Radnor, community projects manager for YMCA Suffolk, said: “We are pleased and excited to be once again working with St Edmundsbury Borough Council to deliver youth work.

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“We are looking forward to engaging with the young people in the community to provide them with fun, meaningful and positive activities but to also find out what is important to them and where they live.”

The Rural Youth Project will be in, Bardwell from 4.30pm to 6.30pm every Monday from June 8 to July 6, in Barningham at the same time every Monday from July 13 to August 13 and in Barrow from 6.45pm to 8.45pm every Tuesday from August 4 to September 22.

For a full list of times visit www.westsuffolk.gov.uk

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