Hopes for a Stonehaven Youth Club

By Jane Cruickshank / April 20, 2021
The Community Centre under an evening sky

STONEHAVEN’S Community Councillors took a trip down memory lane last week – back to the good old days when teenagers in the town had a youth club to go to. And one member is determined to provide them a social outlet once more.

The lack of youth provision in the town was flagged at the latest meeting of SDCC by Dawn Black, who cited recent chat on Facebook.

”A lot of youngsters want back a youth club rather than a sports club or organisation,” she said, ”Just so they have a safe space to hang out.”

Ms Black said she wanted to take forward the ideas generated. And she said she hoped the authorities could help her secure a dedicated youth club space.

”They just want somewhere to chill,” she said.

Back to the Future

The discussion followed an earlier police report where youths’ anti-social behaviour was highlighted. Portlethen was identified as being subject to an ‘alarming’ increase in reports during March, and six incidents were recorded in Stonehaven.

And it was close to the heart of two of the community councillors – Ian Hunter and David Lawman – who both used to help run Stonehaven’s youth club some 40 years ago.

Ian Hunter, said they should reclaim a room at the Community Centre that used to be called ‘the youth work room’ – a name he conceded was not very inviting.

David Lawman said: ”As a community, why do we not have a youth club? We really need to get back to where we were.

”We had a youth club, then we had the Cheers building. Why did we lose it all? We have a responsibilty as a community to look after this. It is madness.”

Community councillor taking on the challenge

Ms Black said she was taking the project forward.

”I want to get something up and running if not by the summer period, then by the time they are going back to school,” she said.

Where next for our youngsters? The Community Centre (top) was home for a Stonehaven youth club before it moved to Cheers (above) and eventually abandoned

Elizabeth walker - April 21, 2021

I hope this sorted soon the children and teenagers of Stonehaven need this . People talk about kids getting up to no good – give them somewhere to go . My grandaughter Mandy Lloyd was very vocal on the Facebook chat about this as a 17 year old it’s too late for her now but her wee brother would benefit from it. Kids have nothing to do not every child likes sport

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