THE award-winning Nessie Club, run by the Canal Boat Adventure Project, has expanded to give even more of Halton's young people the opportunity to turn their lives a round.

Its latest venture, Nessie Club 2, has been organised by Vicky Glynn, one of the founding members of the Nessie Club and now a student at Edge Hill University.

Deserving young people from the project's waiting list have been chosen to join Nessie Club 2, the first of whom was 10-year-old James Vaughan-Griffin, who attends Oakfield Primary School, Widnes.

James said: 'I had a brilliant time on Saturday and am looking forward to going out on the boat next weekend.'

Staff Marie McFarlane and Jen Liptrot are confident Nessie Club 2 will offer the same level of support that has enabled hundreds of young people to turn their lives a round.

Club members enjoyed a treat last week when they had lunch with Mike Hall MP on board the Ada canal boat, during which they discussed issues affecting young people.

Six of the project's young people were involved with the launch of the Youth Adult Trust, which involved five days of training at the Peace Centre in Warrington. They also attended the launch of the trust in London, where Samantha Newton, from Castle-fields, was interviewed on TV.

Thanks to the Youth Federation and the Rank Foundation, two members of the club, Clare Bazley and Jan Shrimpton, took part in a course in Ullswater.