Westside Youth Club launched

Local community association, a global satellite company and Ann Keen team up to help set up youth club for Chiswick housing estates

Dukes Meadows Community Association Youth Project unveiled their new ‘Westside Youth Club’ this Friday. The project has received a generous donation from locally based communications group Intelsat as part of their ongoing commitment to the local community. This particular project was chosen on Ann Keen’s recommendation to the company as a community scheme in need of financial assistance and she was on hand to ‘do the honours’ at the official launch.

The project has until now relied entirely on volunteers but with this new injection of cash, professional youth workers will now be able to co-ordinate new activities and offer training to the volunteers. Designed as a social outlet for young people aged 12-18 from the three local housing estates, the project aims to enhance community spirit, teach new skills and produce a sense of direction and opportunity.

Activities include snooker, pool, table football and mixing decks. A music and video workshop will begin soon with the intention of encouraging creativity and talent amongst these teenagers. The youth workers are also keen to get involved with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.

The Westside Youth Club – named by the teenagers themselves – is open every Friday from 7.00pm-10.00pm and entrance costs just 50p.

Kathleen Healey, Secretary of the Dukes Meadows Community Association, said "The Youth Group provides a venue for young people to socialize and have fun in a safe environment. With Intelsat's support we can now build on this, offering new activities to help them develop skills and confidence."

John Stanton, of Intelsat commented, "Intelsat takes its social responsibility very seriously. We are proud to support the Dukes Meadow Youth Project in Chiswick so that more local young people can benefit from the guidance and friendly atmosphere the programme provides. The youth workers and volunteers are clearly having a positive influence in the Dukes Meadow area and the local community."

March 1, 2003

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