Riddings Brigade Scunthorpe
The Riddings Estate is an area of Scunthorpe with serious challenges relating to crime, anti-social behaviour and other deprivation factors. The area does benefit from a youth centre that is owned by North Lincolnshire Council and which is leased to the Riddings Brigade. Riddings Brigade is a registered charity and is part of the Church Lads and Church Girls Brigade of the Lincoln Diocese.
They provide services to young people over the age of 11 (the senior club) which is supported by grants and to young people under 11years (the junior club).
The junior club is held every Tuesday evening from 5pm until 6.30pm. They also hold additional clubs during the summer holidays. The junior club provides a range of activities on the site for its young people and these include sport, crafts, cooking and targeted programmes such as healthy living.
Changes to the way in which local authorities provide services mean there are now very few traditional youth clubs in operation. Those that remain are mostly operated by organisations such as the Riddings Brigade or by volunteers. Because the focus of most youth provision is upon those over 11 years of age, there is a gap for under 11’s. While, as a group, they are probably less likely to be responsible for anti-social behaviour and nuisance, engaging them in purposeful activity at a young age means they are more likely to remain engaged as they become older.
The Tribune Trust is pleased to give their support to the junior club so that it can continue to provide sport and active recreation to young people from the area.
Ian Walter, the High Sheriff of Lincolnshire, is shown presenting a cheque to Karen Boothman, the youth worker in charge together with volunteers and young children from the junior club