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New look for Stretham Youth Centre

New-look Stretham Youth Club opened its doors to young people from across East Cambridgeshire last week.

Following refurbishment costing nearly £95,000, the young people and trustees of the charity, sited in a dilapidated former Victorian School in the village of Stretham in East Cambridgeshire, held a launch event, attended by two of the project’s generous funders, East Cambs District Council, the Stretham Charity and Amey Cespa, many of the people who have given so much of their time to support the charity over the years, the Stretham-based contractors for the project, BSV Construction, and some local organisations interested in hiring the new space to run young people’s projects.

Chair Janet Parish who has chaired the charity for the past 20 years says, “It was a great event, planned and run by the young people themselves. We are all very proud of what has been achieved here after many years in the making.”

The charity now plans to open up use of the building to young people right across East Cambridgeshire to meet a gap left by the closure of many local youth clubs and significant pressures on statutory youth services.

Janet continued “Now it is complete, we want to attract young people from right across East Cambridgeshire including young people with disabilities to come to new youth club nights and summer programmes of activities – sports, drama etc. We’d also like to hire out the space for £10 to £15/hour to local groups that want to run community activities, especially for young people.”

If you would like to know more about taking part in young people’s activities, hiring the venue or donating funds to the charity to expand its range of youth projects, please contact Janet Parish on 01353 649575 or e-mail


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