Event to raise awareness about threatened youth club

By - Thursday 3rd April, 2014

This Saturday, ABCD will run “Kidulthood to Adhulthood”, an event celebrating the positive work of young people in New Addington. Event organisers intend to use the event to raise awareness about the Timebridge youth club, which is currently under threat from a lack of funding and volunteers.

Time: Saturday 5th April 4PM – 7:30PM

Location: New Addington Baptist Church, 39 Arnhem Drive, New Addington, Croydon, CR0 0EE

Entry: Free for all members of the community (not ticketed)

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Release begins: “Kidulthood to Adulthood is a celebration event showcasing community projects that have started as a result of ABCD. ABCD (Asset Based Community Development) uses local assets as the primary source to develop sustainable communities. Building on the skills of local residents, associations and institutions; we support members of the community to design, develop and implement projects which will benefit the area. ABCD has been working in New Addington with the main focus to improve health and wellbeing in the area. There are currently approximately 35 upcoming projects as a result of ABCD in New Addington.

The event will highlight the positive work that young people are doing in their community. There will be live singing, a dramatic performance and a ‘save Timebridge youth club’ t-shirt design competition. Created by the youths, the competition will be in aid of saving Timebridge Youth Club from closing. Sadly the club may be forced to close at the end of the summer holidays due to lack of funding and volunteers. Currently, the youth club open their doors to approximately 30-40 young people during their Monday and Wednesday sessions and are always happy for any new comers to come along and visit. They host a variety of activities for 8-13 year olds at the juniors club and 12-19 year olds at the seniors. “Unless we get volunteers there’s no way of continuing the club, we need help and support in order to apply for funding, so we welcome anyone that is able to offer their time for free”– Sally Rivers Junior Club Manager. If you are interested in being a part of The Timebridge Youth Club or finding out more information, please visit their Facebook youth and community group.

The inspiration behind the Kidulthood to Adulthood event came from the amount of young people in New Addington that lack drive and ambition; this became evident when speaking to groups of teenagers about their future careers. We hope that by showing them real life examples of young people starting community projects that they, in turn will get involved in improving their own health and wellbeing and their future. We would like to thank Pizza Hut for their kind donation of food for the event.” Release ends.

Further contact & information: jennie.bailey@cvalive.org.uk, Office -020 8253 7060, Mobile – 07581 341 393.



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