Leigh-on-Sea Town Council have been working in partnership with the Southend YMCA over the last few years to provide a youth club for children in the area. The relationship was formed after previous Council Chairman, Valerie Morgan selected Southend YMCA as her Chairman’s Charity for 2018/19.
After the success of the Youth Club in it's first year, the Town Council agreed to increase the funding to allow for an additional youth club to run for ages up to 16.
The Youth Club is relaunching on Thursday 10th June 2021 at Leigh Community Centre, the times are as follows:
4.30pm - 6.30pm - 8 - 11 yr olds
7pm - 9pm - 12 - 16 yr olds
Each week children will have access to a variety of activities including board games, chess, indoor football, badminton & hockey, air hockey, table football, pool, arts and crafts, dancing, team games and projects.
The club benefits from on-site cafe Lorna & Lottie's, providing hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, cakes and more and is free to attend, but spaces are limited. To book your place please go to www.bookwhen.com/southendymca.
Youth Market Aims & Objectives:
In 2018 Leigh-On-Sea Town Council launched it's first Youth Market, as a way to promote talented young people in the area, and to encourage their entrepeneurial spirit. The second market held in 2019 built on it's successes and was made bigger and better by moving to Strand Wharf. The event has made a positive impact by highlighting our local youth, broadcasting their talents and encouraging the youth of Leigh to be more involved in our community. We have received excellent feedback from members of the public, who were thrilled to see young peple being encouraged to be creative and start their own businesses.
So far we have had a variety of different businesses invloved such as young, local artists, photographers, bakers, makers and authors. Each year we have also seen a host of talented young musiciains perform for the event.
Poster made by Maggie Callaghan