NORTHAM Youth Club, which has been temporarily closed since the end of March due to a shortage of funds to pay qualified staff, is about to re-open at a new venue next to the tennis courts in Westward Ho! The independent club, set up in 2007 with the help

NORTHAM Youth Club, which has been temporarily closed since the end of March due to a shortage of funds to pay qualified staff, is about to re-open at a new venue next to the tennis courts in Westward Ho!The independent club, set up in 2007 with the help of Seize the Moment Ltd community arts company, is run by a small committee of young people who work with trained youth workers to plan their activities. It has more than 90 registered members who enjoy a range of activities including art, music, dance, sport, cookery and trips out to gigs. The youth committee kept in contact with Seize the Moment while the club was closed and, with its help, several fund raising events were organised and now the club has enough money to re-open.Thanks to the fund raising and donations from the Bridge Trust and the Rotary Club, four qualified youth workers have been appointed. Young people in Northam and Westward Ho! will now soon have their own youth club two nights of the week. It will open on Monday nights 7.30-9.30 at Westward Ho! and on Thursday nights 7.30-9.30 at Bridge Hall in Northam.Westward Ho! has not previously had a regular youth club. The new venue will be decorated and refurbished by the young people with the aid of a grant from the Princes Trust.Club chairman Connor Moyse, 14, said: "It has been a long struggle, but finally we are getting the youth club we always wanted".The Northam Youth committee is now looking to recruit more young peopleto help run the two youth venues. Volunteers aged 16 plus are also needed to help run activities and will receive free training and support. To get involved with the youth club contact Seize the Moment on 07773 679559