Funds success sees centre youth club set to relaunch in Aberdeen community

Pictured is Paul O'Connor at Inchgarth Community Centre, who have ordered 15k worth of new playpark equipment. 18/07/2014 Pictured by Darrell Benns

A community youth club is set to be relaunched after having to close for two years.

Inchgarth Community Centre in Aberdeen is reviving the Inchgarth Youth Club after being forced to close it because of staffing issues.

Paul O’Connor, manager and chairman of the community centre, said: “Right now we’re in the process of starting up the youth club again.

“We applied for the Big Lottery Fund Scotland and were awarded £9,140 to help with the costs of hiring staff.

“The youth club has a lot to offer the kids, like karaoke, a pool table, a bouncy castle, Playstations, Xbox and games to entertain them.”

An additional £7,000 is being put forward from the centre to meet the costs of the group.

Paul added: “It is a combination of funding and voluntary time that we will be putting into the club.”

More than 100 children are expected to register and six new youth workers will be the new staff running the weekly club.

The official opening date is January 19 and the club will run every Friday from 5pm.

Paul added: “Registrations are now open and we’re expecting more than 100 children to sign up.

“All children from Garthdee up to secondary 2 are welcome to apply.”

The centre’s manager is also appealing for potential volunteers in the area to contribute their time.

He added: “We’re always looking for volunteers for when we hold activities such as the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

“Volunteering is a skill that has lifelong benefits. It is not just helping you develop a skill, but it also helps your community grow.”

A motion has been submitted to the Scottish Parliament to congratulate the community centre for the “impact that the group will have in providing activities for local young people, and wishes the centre the best in continuing to improve its services for local residents”.

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