Youngsters aim to fund their own youth club

FUNDRAISERS ... youngsters getting ready for Saturday's event at CustomsSpace.
FUNDRAISERS ... youngsters getting ready for Saturday's event at CustomsSpace.

A GROUP of youngsters are raising funds to generate activities for others in South Tyneside.

The group has put together a fundraising night in the hope of pulling in enough cash to start a youth club.

The teenagers met through their involvement with Headliners, a national agency which asks youngsters to write articles on issues important to them, and National Citizen Service (NCS), which helps young people to build skills for work and life.

As part of a social action project for NCS, the youngsters were asked to do something to make a change, and they decided to raise funds for youth activities.

The fundraising night is to be held at CustomSpace, formerly The Cave, in The Captains Row, South Shields, on Saturday.

The event, which kicks off at 5pm, will include performances from singers Charlotte Lawton, Chantelle Forrest, Ryan Bell, Samantha Patterson, dance group Inaudible, a disco, and food and drinks.

Courtney Tinnion, of South Shields, is one of the 15 youngsters organising the event.

The 16-year-old, who has just completed her GCSEs at Harton Technology College, said: “We’ve been doing a bit of fundraising already, and now we’re looking forward to having our own charity night on Saturday.

“We started looking at what was available for young people in the area, and it was only really scheduled events at particular times –there was nowhere for people to just go and hang out.

“That’s the idea we have so far – to do up one of the rooms at CustomSpace and make our own youth club where people who don’t want to do any of the activities on offer can just hang out together.

“We could have film nights and things like that, and it would just be a safe place for young people to get together with friends.

“We also want to build a stage area so people have a place where they can perform.”

She said: “We also started a petition to see more money invested in young people in South Tyneside and got 150 signatures. It’s something that has been really well supported.

“The charity night we’re having is going to include performances from singers and dancers, and that’s maybe something we could think about doing more often too, if we had our own youth club.”

Tickets for the event cost £3 and are available on the door.

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