‘HANGING OUT’ in Cleethorpes is fun and friendly, thanks to a club that youngsters can enjoy for just 50p a week

The Hangout – the Youth Group for Cleethorpes – has relaunched at a new seafront venue and sees scores of youngsters enjoying computer games, karaoke, table tennis, pool, activities and refreshments. Held weekly, the first introductory session for new members is free, and 50p thereafter.

Big Local North Cleethorpes originally provided funding and YMCA Humber provided support to get youth activities started in the first version of the Youth Group. Since then the aim has been to make it independent and sustainable.

Renamed by the youngsters as ‘CYC The Hangout’, the group continues to receive support from Big Local and Big Lottery Awards for All, with administrative support provided by Voluntary Action North East Lincolnshire (VANEL).

There has been plenty of local support too with volunteers joining the staff to help out every week and on the committee, Cllr Debbie Rodwell did a sponsored walk to raise funds, Ocean Fish Bar in Cleethorpes donated a television and pool table and other financial donations and equipment have come from local businesses and groups including Alexanders Funeral Care, the staff at Santander Cleethorpes and the Friends of Croft Baker group amongst many.

Youth Development worker Jasmin Flint, who is funded through Big Local, said: “We have loads of fun, but we always have a purpose, for example healthy eating and wellbeing weeks. We always try to involve the kids too, building what they ask for into the sessions where possible.”

Alexander Winter, 15, is now a volunteer Hangout helper, after attending as a member. He said: “It is a really friendly place where you can be yourself and meet new people, joining in gives a young person confidence and it is good to see.”

VANEL Development Manager Karl Elliott has played an integral role in helping to support The Hangout and is delighted by its success.

“You can see on the faces of the young people, how much they enjoy this club and it really is going from strength to strength, we are delighted to be a part of it,” said Karl.

Big Local North Cleethorpes, a VANEL partner, was awarded £1-million of Lottery funding in 2013 as part of a drive to help communities in areas of the UK that were deemed to be socially-deprived. A partnership assesses applications for all sorts of community projects, from the renovation of the pavilion at Sidney Sussex Park to providing defibrillators.

Helping to support young people in Cleethorpes was the starting point for Big Local to get the Youth Group launched back in 2017. The recent relaunch event showed just how far the Hangout has now come, how much the youngsters enjoy and appreciate it and just how much the community supports it. The Hangout is based at Kings Baptist Church on Alexandra Road, Cleethorpes on Fridays, from 5pm to 6.30pm for eight to 12-year-olds and 6pm until 7.45pm for 13-to-17-years. Everyone is welcome.

More about the Hangout on the Big Local website at www.cycthehangout.org.uk. Or visit their Facebook page here.