Hello to all young people in Poynton!
My name is Chris Betton and I am your new Youth Co-Ordinator here at Poynton Town Council, so I thought it would be a good idea to create my first blog post on Poynton Youth News and introduce myself.
Until now, PYN has been used as something of a monthly newsletter, and I think that’s great. However, you should now expect to see more going on on here throughout the month like competitions, give-aways, news and tid-bits.
So, let’s get into it.
First – and this is important – on the last weekend of the month, from Friday (night) 26th September to Sunday 28th September there’s a new event coming to Poynton called Springboard Poynton: Music For All.
It’s a music festival which is taking place across fifteen venues in Poynton and will feature music to suit any taste.
Buy your £5 tickets now from MATES or the Civic Hall – any profit is being sent to the National Eczema Society.
This event has taken a year to prepare and is set to blow your socks off (seriously, I wouldn’t even bother wearing them that weekend).
For more information check out http://www.poyntonspringboard.com to look at the venues involved, the programme and to contact the event organisers.
Wanted – IT Volunteers!
16 – 18 year olds volunteers wanted to teach some of our older residents basic I.T. skills on Thursday afternoons at the Civic Hall – call me on T. 01625 872238 if you can help.
Next I’m going to let you know about the “Drop In” up at the Hockley Centre.
The Drop In is a youth club for ages 11 – 18 and takes place from 19:00 – 21:00 every Friday night. It’s usually an evening filled with sports, video games, sweets, chocolate, arts & crafts, cooking, baking, workshops, music and all sorts of other fun stuff. Of course, if you’re a bit too cool to be running around on a sugar high or screaming your head off at FIFA, and you don’t fancy putting on your pinnie to make brownies, you can just chill out in the lounge area where they have nice new comfy sofas and a bit more of a grown – up vibe.
The best bit? It’s only costs a pound on the door!
If you want to get involved in the Drop In in any way, just give Matt Williamson a ring on 07731 450 637 or email him on email@example.com .
Before we go jumping into the next bit of news, take a little break by watching this dog going too fast on a freshly polished floor.
We’ve all been there. Don’t worry, he’s fine… probably.
My next bit of news is about Generate Theatre Arts – a local theatre company for young people aged 6 – 18 – which is putting on a pantomime this year.
This project is for any one aged between 11 and 18 who is interested in performing or directing.
Rehearsals start on Tuesday 23rd September, so let me know if you want more information.
Generate’s motto is “changing the way that young people learn about theatre and through theatre” and they use performance as a tool to facilitate the personal, social and academic growth of local children and teens by allowing their students to devise the performances themselves, rather than just chucking a script at them and pushing them into a mould.
Okay, now we have a bit of info on the well-known Connect team who have been operating on the streets of Poynton for a number of years now and have been making a real difference.
They’re currently working on four levels…
(1) Connect FC – if you’re aged between 15 and 18 and you like a good kick about, this is definitely for you. A seven-a-side football team that plays in the Stockport Power League. It’s been running for two seasons now and with cracking training and a good work ethic, the lads went from finishing last in their first season to finishing third in their division this season. The next season starts soon and they’re always looking for new players. You’ll have a shirt provided for you so all you need is your boots, your legs and a good attitude. They play every Friday night and they have an absolute blast doing it.
(2) Connect Drop In – Simple really, from 9.30pm til midnight every Friday, the big room above ASDA opens up for teenagers to come up and just chill out. There’s food and drink on the go, table tennis, pool and an arcade game if you feel like it. The Connect Drop In is free to enter and has a really relaxed atmosphere and they’re always looking for volunteers to help out with it, so if you think that’s something you could help out with, get in touch using the up-coming details.
(3) Connect Street Team – These guys are awesome, they’re a group of volunteers who devote their Friday nights to looking after people on the streets of Poynton – there are a lot of people who don’t think we have that problem in our town, but we do – and make sure everyone gets home safely. These guys are spending time talking to young people of all shapes and sizes and have been referring people to trusted counselling services and offering close mentorship themselves.
(4) Connect Food Bank – Connect doesn’t just work with young people. The Food Bank arm of the charity, led by Heather Harris, provides free emergency food and essential supplies to people in our area who are struggling to provide for themselves and their families. Beyond this, the Food Bank also offers practical help and advice as part of working with families in the longer term to improve quality of life and tackle debt and other issues.
For more information on everything Connect is up to, to donate, help, volunteer or otherwise contact the team, call Christine Norbury on 01625 859 170 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
BULLETINS – Ring the Civic Hall on 01625 872238 and ask for Chris.
Apprenticeships, internships, work experience and part time employment for 17 – 18 year olds in the local music scene – learn how to be a music promoter and put on your own events in local venues.
That’s all for now ladies and gents! I’ll be keeping you up to date with all sorts of bits and bobs every couple of weeks, in the meantime, keep checking our new facebook pagehttp://www.facebook.com/PoyntonYouth, our twitter feed @PoyntonYC and use the hashtag #PoyntonYouth to create a buzz about what you and your youth group/organisation is doing in the area.
Bye for now!