Centre keen to support youth clubs under threat

A LOWESTOFT charity which helps youngsters get their lives back on track has launched a campaign to 'take on and support the local youth clubs' of the town.

Earlier this year, Jump – Junior2adult Unbiased Mentoring Project – officially unveiled its new town centre headquarters in London Road North after securing a �487,000 Big Lottery grant.

At the weekend, Waveney MP Peter Aldous visited the project, to hear about its plans for the future.

After being established by young people in Lowestoft to help vulnerable teenagers find a safe place to live, to encourage them to learn the skills that will kickstart their careers and give them the motivation to move away from crime and anti-social behaviour, Jump is now aiming to help out ahead of the closure of youth clubs in Lowestoft.

The centre, which is open to youngsters aged 13 to 25, is keen to help offset the effect of those affected by the closures.

'After the announcement that all local youth clubs will be closed and voluntary and community groups are being asked to take on the clubs, we are very excited to announce our full support in keeping the clubs open in the future,' a spokesman for Jump said.

'Due to the amazing success of Jump, we are ready, willing and able to mentor and support young people in running the local youth clubs so please get behind us and give us your full support.'

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Speaking after the visit, Mr Aldous said: 'I was pleased to meet the hard-working volunteers at Jump. They are doing great work in the community and want to do more. I will be working with them to help them achieve this.'

For more details e-mail louise@jumpuk.org or telephone 01502 569225.