Hailsham Youth Service reopens more centres

Hailsham Youth Service has reopened more centres as the government’s road map out of lockdown progresses.

Monday, 19th April 2021, 11:53 am

Hailsham Youth Service provides activities, support services and opportunities for young people in the local area. Covid meant its centres had to close and all its face-to-face activities had to be suspended.

The service were able to restart some services last summer to support young people during the pandemic but it has now announced it is reopening two of its centres this week in line with the latest Covid guidelines.

The Square Youth Cafe will be open on weekdays and the newly established Hellingly Youth Hub will be open on Wednesday evenings.

Photo from Hailsham Town Council SUS-210419-111800001

Andy Joyes, the youth project coordinator at Hailsham Town Council, said, “Over the last few weeks, we’ve been looking closely at Covid-19 guidance from both the National Youth Agency and the government for the reopening of our youth facilities, to make sure we can make it the safest environment possible for young people and youth workers.

“The Square Youth Cafe, for example, will look and feel considerably different for those attending and there will be strict measures in place to ensure that the required social distancing and hygiene measures are practised at all times.

“Having said that, it will be very good for the youth worker team to see everyone again. We’ve missed them, and we will endeavour to provide as many fun activities as possible in the coming months whilst operating under these measures.”

Sessions will resume this week (April 19) at the following times:

The Square Youth Cafe

Afternoon sessions at 3.15-5pm: Monday and Tuesday – school year 7 / Thursday and Friday – school year 8

Evening sessions at 6.45-9pm: Monday – school year 9 / Wednesday – school year 10 / Friday – school year 11

Hellingly Youth Hub

Wednesday session 1 at 5.30pm-7pm for school years 6-8

Wednesday session 2 at 7.30pm-9pm for school years 9-12

The most significant changes for all sessions is that there are restrictions to the number of young people allowed in the centres and everyone must wear a face mask.

Additionally, in order to attend a session, registration will need to be completed online on the Hailsham Youth Service website: www.hailshamyouthservice.org.

Deputy youth project coordinator Helen Deane said, “As per government guidelines, we will be observing social distancing measures inside the Square Youth Cafe and Hellingly Youth Hub buildings and limiting the number of people attending sessions.

“All staff and volunteers will be wearing face coverings to protect young people, and young people attending will be required to wear them too.

“We have hand-sanitising stations around the cafe and will be encouraging young people to wash their hands on a regular basis. In between sessions, our staff and volunteers will ensure that all fixtures and surfaces have been thoroughly cleaned and are ready to be used again safely.”

For further information on Hailsham Youth Service, email [email protected]