Story and Photo Derrick Okrah.
A study by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) shows that the lack of ‘somewhere to go in the evening’ is a regular grievance amongst teenagers
The Youth Entertainment Club opened on the 6th January and promises to give young people in Burngreave a base to meet and socialise, with low cost access to facilities such as Xbox games, table tennis, air hockey, pool and table football.
Omar Mohammed, the leader in charge, was very pleased to give the Messenger a tour of this exciting new club in the Vestry Hall:
“I have a lot of interest in young people. Teaching in Parkwood High School and the Arabic Language School challenges me every day to do my best for these young people; they are the cornerstone of our community.”
Omar started this initiative with support from New Deal, friends and other volunteers.
“I intend the club to be running for a long time,” he added.
Everyone aged 12-20 years, regardless of gender and background, is welcome to become a member. The club not only provides entertainment facilities, but can help with homework problems and give advice on a range of issues.
One member of the club commented:
“All I can say to everyone is: come and take part – the people are friendly, the staff are supportive and the atmosphere is fantastic.”
“It is a place where you can do something with other people and get support while doing it.”
The club is open Monday to Friday from 5pm to 10pm and 2pm to 9pm at weekends. Omar urges parents to encourage their children be part of the club: “together we can help keep our streets safe, children protected and equipped for a better future.”