YOUNG people in Hailsham will soon have plenty to do on a Friday night, thanks to a relaunched youth service.
The brighter evenings will see the return of the Friday Night Project which will organise a variety of outings and events for youngsters.
From April, teenagers aged between 13 to 17-year-olds will be able to enjoy dry-slope skiing and snowboarding at Knockhatch Adventure Park, ten-pin bowling and fitness classes at Freedom Leisure Centre, cinema outings at Hailsham Pavilion, rock climbing and zip wire at PGL.
Town mayor councillor Jeff Bentley-Astor said, “It’s a great achievement that the town council’s Square Youth Café and partner agencies have come together to give young people an opportunity to engage in really exciting recreational activities.
“Young people often raise concerns over having nothing to do in the evenings and the Friday Night Project will give them a chance to try something stimulating and completely different.”
The Friday Night Project is funded by the Safer Wealden Partnership and organised by Hailsham Town Council’s Square Youth Café, works in partnership with Hailsham Community College, Targeted Youth Support (TYS) and Freedom Leisure.
It aims to create alternative recreational activities for young people, giving them opportunities and a sense of achievement in the process.
Charlotte Collinson, oversight councillor for youth projects at Hailsham Town Council, said, “The Friday Night Project offers young people the chance to take part in a diverse range of recreational activities from which they can learn to not only make new friends but appreciate how to maintain an active lifestyle.
“I know that those who attend the organised activities enjoy them tremendously and the outings themselves are keenly anticipated.
Andy Joyes, youth project coordinator, said, “All outings are attended by youth project staff to ensure their safety and well-being at all times.
“The importance of the Friday Night Project is to promote active recreation among young people in Hailsham.
“All outings organised provide a number of benefits and I would encourage young people to take advantage of the outings that are on offer and to get involved.”
Hailsham youngsters are welcome to attend outings organised by The Square Youth Café for the Friday Night Project.
For further details, including bookings and programmes, contact Andy Joyes on 841702 or visit www.squareyouthcafe.com.