Youth shelter boost for community

YOUNGSTERS in a rural community now have a place to congregate after a youth shelter was built.The shelter on Claydon recreation ground, which includes solar lighting, was officially opened this week.

YOUNGSTERS in a rural community now have a place to congregate after a youth shelter was built.

The shelter on Claydon recreation ground, which includes solar lighting, was officially opened this week.

The shelter, which was opened in the village of Claydon, near Ipswich, on October 22, was said to provide a solution to concerns raised by young people, the police and the local community about providing a safe place for young people to gather and socialise.

The youth service consulted with young people to choose an appropriate design and the location for the shelter. It was also built to cater for young people from nearby villages, such as Barham.

Patricia O'Brien, portfolio holder for children, schools and young people's services at Suffolk County Council, said: “The Claydon youth shelter is an excellent example of the positive role that Suffolk County Council youth services play, in supporting young people to become involved in their neighbourhood.

“It also clearly demonstrates that young people are willing to improve the areas where they live, for themselves and their community, if given the opportunity.”

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