Shoebury Youth Centre attendances double

MORE activities and cheaper cafe prices have seen attendance double at an underused youth centre.

More than 100 more young people a month are using Shoebury Youth Centre and overall usage of the £2.9million building, all-but-abandoned last year, has doubled since April.

Heather Flinders, Southend Council’s interim head of children’s specialist services, said: “We can confirm there has been an increase in the use of the premises.

“There have been more than 100 more attendances per month by young people at youth sessions since April and footfall for community usage, with the exception of August, has doubled since April with some months having up to 1700 attendances.”

The Echo reported the centre, opened to much fanfare by Thorpe Bay Countdown star Rachel Riley in 2010, was virtually unused last September.

But a community action group, which includes representatives from Shoebury High School, Shoebury Baptist Church, ward councillors and the council’s integrated youth support services, was launched at the end of last year to boost usage.

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10:01am Sun 24 Feb 13

maureen says...

well done, it just shows someone has been listening to complaints and actually done something about it. congratulations
well done, it just shows someone has been listening to complaints and actually done something about it. congratulations maureen
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7:29pm Sun 24 Feb 13

Soouthchurch59 says...

If the council were to fund a free go-cart track (or anything else as equally exciting) for the youngsters to use 7 days a week the benefits gained (financial and otherwise) would be substantial.
If the council were to fund a free go-cart track (or anything else as equally exciting) for the youngsters to use 7 days a week the benefits gained (financial and otherwise) would be substantial. Soouthchurch59
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8:26pm Sun 24 Feb 13

yaymar says...

Only 2 comments so far, but how refreshing that neither has criticised Shoebury or those of us that live here!!
Only 2 comments so far, but how refreshing that neither has criticised Shoebury or those of us that live here!! yaymar
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10:33pm Sun 24 Feb 13

Soouthchurch59 says...

yaymar wrote:
Only 2 comments so far, but how refreshing that neither has criticised Shoebury or those of us that live here!!
Even the most cynical would struggle to disagree.
[quote][p][bold]yaymar[/bold] wrote: Only 2 comments so far, but how refreshing that neither has criticised Shoebury or those of us that live here!![/p][/quote]Even the most cynical would struggle to disagree. Soouthchurch59
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