Youth clubs under threat of own success

More volunteers needed for Frodsham Youth Association's three clubs at risk of becoming victims of their own success

Rob Stratford
Frodsham Youth Association, on Fluin Lane

Frodsham Youth Association’s three clubs have become so popular with youngsters, that more volunteers are desperately needed to ensure their survival.

The junior, intermediate and senior clubs have seen a six-fold increase in membership over the past three years, with more than 120 members attending regular sessions on Tuesday and Friday nights and a host of other activities at weekends and during school holidays.

With the help of volunteer parents and trustees, just three part-time youth leaders run the clubs at the association’s centre on Fluin Lane.

Youth leader Nicola Mikoleizik said: “Over the past couple of years we’ve managed to massively increase the popularity of the club but we are desperate not to become a victim of our own success.

“We’re keen to recruit youth support workers and youth session leaders to work directly with the children and young people but we have a range of other interesting volunteer roles too.

“These would suit parents of children attending the club, retirees or young people looking to develop new skills or enhance their curriculum vitae.

“We’re looking for people with energy and enthusiasm, even if they only have a couple of hours a month or a week to spare.”

Frodsham Youth Association (FYA) receives part funding from councils in the area, but has to raise additional funds to maintain the building, buy equipment and organise events and activities, so a fundraiser, fundraising assistant and an assistant treasurer are also being sought to keep on top of the finances.

Nicola added: “We also need more trustees and someone who would be prepared to act as secretary to take minutes at the regular meetings we hold.

“The building we’ve occupied since the late 60s is also showing signs of age and so we would also welcome the support of anyone who has basic handy person skills or can help manage repairs and improvements.”

In spite of the volunteer shortage it faces, FYA has shown so sign of slowing down.

Treasurer Rod Hyde said: “The club is going from strength to strength and so more volunteers are needed.

“As well as opening on more nights, we are exploring a job club for young people without work and starting a Duke of Edinburgh scheme.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about the voluntary positions on offer at Frodsham Youth Association should get in touch via www.frodshamya.org or contact Simon Taylor on 07919 460127.

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