Wide range of activities planned for United Community Centre club in Northam with the appointment of a new youth worker

Art murals, photography and cycling are on the agenda at the Westward-owned United Community Centre youth club in Northam under new recruit Brian Palmer.

Youth worker Brian took over running of the club in October having been in the sector for over 10 years and managed a host of artistic projects. He is director of youth work social enterprise Seize the Moment which includes the Happy Café in Westward Ho!.

He is keen to bring a wide range of activities to the club having led projects around North Devon which combine art, photography and history.

“I am working with the young people to find out what is important to them. With the younger kids they just want a space to play in but with the older children it is about engaging with them,” he said.

He was chosen unanimously by the UCC committee and young people of the area and is keen to get involved in helping with the wider workings of the community centre.

Westward customer involvement officer and committee member Lesley Vuskans said: “With his experience he is the ideal candidate for the job. He understands as someone from the area the issues that young people have with difficulties with transport and lack of things to do and he is a creative person.”

Funding is from the People’s Health Trust which has invested more than £17,000, raised by HealthContact through the Health Lottery, in the Morwenna Youth Project which will cover the three-hour evening sessions.

The youth club is currently held from 3.30-5.30pm on Thursdays and Friday for under 13s and 6.30-8.30pm on Fridays for over 13s.