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Plenty of volunteers needed

October 20, 2008: A local group is in the final stages of negotiating with Surrey County Council (SCC) to take over management of the Bookham Youth Centre from November 1. The group, led by Sue Lawrence, has set up the Bookham Youth and Community Association Ltd (BYCA), which will become a charitable trust.

SCC's Youth Development Service will continue to run a youth club on two nights of the week. The BYCA will develop other activities. These will include the successful Bookham Band Nights, and in November the centre will run an after school drop-in youth café for a trial period. A youth conference is planned for the spring.

The centre's young clients have already won a "substantial" youth capital grant for redecorating the centre and are now moving on to refurbish the music and sound-recording area.

Though the centre is primarily for Bookham's young people, it will provide community activities for all ages. The group needs plenty of new money over the next year and, as reported here, many volunteers to help run and organise the Centre. "Its future depends on its being used well by all," says the management group. "This will now be our centre, run by local people for all of us and deserves our support."

If you can offer your time or support, please get in touch with Sue Lawrence either by email suelawrence@aol.com or phone 01372 458046.

Update, January 2009: Police give Youth Centre a pat on the back

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