Villagers rally round to launch new Chinley youth club

The new youth club launches on Monday April 16.
The new youth club launches on Monday April 16.

A new youth club is to be opened in a High Peak village, run by members of the local community.

Following cuts by Derbyshire County Council last summer, the long-standing youth club in Chinley was axed.

However thanks to support from Chinley Community Association and Chinley Independent Chapel, the club is set to reopen on Monday April 16.

Mark Connolly, chairman of Chinley Community Association, said: “This is really exciting and will fill a much-needed gap in services for young people.”

The service will run on Monday nights from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Chinley Community Centre on Lower Lane and children from ages 11 to 17 will be welcome.

Mark said: “This is early days for us but we want to work with our children to find out what activities they want. We will listen to them to see what we put can on, from arts and crafts to sports events.

“We even want them to be involved with everything including designing the club’s new logo.”

A grant A grant from local business people who are part of the Chinley Chapel congregation has secured positions for two fully paid members of staff, with the remaining support being provided by volunteers.

Mark said: “When the old youth club closed the young people noticed there was nothing to do, so for months we have been working to rectify this and we are all feeling really positive about starting up again.”

An informal meet and greet took place on Monday for parents and children to ask questions about the new club.

Mark said: “The club will be at the centre of the village, both location-wise and because we are going into the school to let people know about it starting up.

“We hope it becomes a place people want to go to and hang out with their friends. We don’t want to be a town where we don’t support our children and they have nothing to do.

“Losing the service happened so quickly and it was a big blow, but we know it’s needed and we will do all we can to make it a continued success.”

He added: “We look forward to welcoming youngsters to the new club and hope they enjoy it.”

• Sessions, costing £1 per child, start from Monday April 16.