MP’s support for youth club

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MP for Buckingham John Bercow joined in the fun and games during a visit to Winslow Youth Club last Friday.

The MP and Speaker of the House of Commons was there at the invitation of youth club leader Ben Barnes, of Aylesbury Vale Youth For Christ.

As well as showing a keen interest in the youth club, Mr Bercow took part in a number of activities with local youngsters, trying his hand at Guitar Heroes, table tennis and a game of football in the multi-use games area.

Mr Bercow offered to arrange a visit to the Houses of Parliament for members of the youth club.

He also offered to personally endorse any fundraising applications made by the Friends of Winslow Youth Centre, the group of volunteers who took over responsibility for the funding of youth provision last summer.

Winslow Town Council took over the lease of the youth centre building from Bucks County Council in February.

The Friends currently pay Aylesbury Vale Youth For Christ to provide a youth service at the centre one evening a week, assisted by a team of volunteers.

They are now launching a fundraising campaign with a view to allowing them to open the youth club for a second night of activities per week.

At the moment, about 25 to 35 youngsters of secondary school age attend the Friday night club on a regular basis.

Chairman of the Friends, Richard Pullinger, said: “It’s beginning to become quite successful in what it’s doing for the kids.

“We’re trying to extend the club to two nights a week and split the age group.

“For a year’s activities of a second night, we need to raise an extra £5,000 a year.”

The Friends are carrying out a survey to identify what the requirements and content of the second night should be.

The Friends are also looking for more volunteers to help supervise activities for two hours on a Friday evening and possibly on the second evening when it gets under way.

Anyone who is interested should email joanna.anderson@live.com