The project run by Community First organsiation, Gen-Next has been part-funded by the Petebrorough Council for Voluntary Services and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Crime commissioner.
The organisers have called it an ‘all-inclusive’ group, open to girls and boys between the age of 11 and 18 irrespective of their background and will offer a range of new opportunities for young people in Millfield.
Parents of young teenagers have complained of lack of activities in the area that can help keep the youth occupied and off the streets. Many have welcomed this initiative calling it ‘much needed’.
Mohammed Sayeed works for Community First and is also a father of a teenager. He said: “This was needed in the area. During lockdown the kids were getting bored with nothing to do.
“He used to go to a martial arts club but due to the covid restrictions, he stopped going and would spend most of the time playing videogames. So, these projects will Definitely give them something productive to do.”
The free Gen-Next club is launching on October 16 and will accommodate up to 15 people for a session.
It will be putting out street art sessions along with Diaspora charity. It si going to be in the Millfield area but the location is yet to be finalised.
Apart from this, there’s opportunity to learn about upcycling with Dave Poulton from the Garden Bath project. There will be sessions to learn about mindfulness and also cosmetic making workshop among other activities.
Pre-booking in advance has been advised due to limited spaces. For more information contact Community First on 07949301462.