Young people who attend a Rayleigh youth club are benefiting from new equipment thanks to financial support from Sanctuary Housing.
The leading housing provider has funded the purchase of an Xbox One console, gymnastic crash mat, footballs and board games which are used by around 50 children at S-Kape at the Megacentre in Brook Road.
The items have enabled the free club, which runs two different sessions each week for those aged 10 to 16, to further engage with young people in the local community and effectively address their needs.
One of the sessions caters for children making the transition from primary to secondary school and includes activities looking at their hopes and fears for the future as well as encouraging teamwork.
The other supports young people already at secondary school, providing an outlet for them to socialise with their peers in a safe and secure environment.
Elouise, who attends one of the youth clubs, said: “The club lets you talk about everything and be able to feel comfortable. People join and make friends in the same day! Everyone is welcoming.”
Sanctuary’s resident involvement officer, Chris Silvey, commented: “Youth clubs such as S-Kape are an established element of the community and, as we look to support our residents to live happy and healthy lives, this new equipment can only enhance the experience for the young people.”
Lucy Ramsay, a youth worker at the Megacentre, added: “It has been great to see the young people using the Xbox and crash mats and we are very grateful to Sanctuary for their support.”
Sanctuary has funded the new equipment through its Maureen’s Gift fund, which gives donations to charities, resident groups and voluntary organisations in need of financial help to deliver community activities. It was set up in 2011 in memory of local community champion Maureen Vince.
To apply or find out more about Maureen’s Gift, contact Sanctuary, quoting Maureen’s Gift, on either 0300 123 3511 or 0800 131 3348. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org.