Money given to youth centre to eat festive meal

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From left, Staff Sergeant Albie Annan and Corporal Luke Reynolds (170953-1)

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Teenagers at a youth centre in Somers Town, Portsmouth prepared and cooked a traditional Christmas meal thanks to a £500 grant from Love Your Street.

Around 60 youths aged between 11 and 17 turned up to The Brook Club Youth Centre, based in Somers Town Central, to help decorate the centre, shop for food, cook and eat a bumper festive meal thanks to funding by The Southern Co-operative.

Kerry Barnard, deputy manager at The Brook Club, said: ‘When we found out about the Love Your Street grant, it seemed almost too good to be true.

‘About 95 per cent of the young people who visit this centre are local to Somers Town, and putting on this Christmas meal provides them with a sense of community and “family-like” atmosphere that many miss at home.’

The Southern Co-operative funds the Portsmouth Together Love Your Street grant scheme, which provides up to £500 for community group projects which bring together local people through a shared interest of improving their local surroundings.

Jessica Hughes, communications and community manager for The Southern Co-operative, said: ‘We are delighted to have been able to support The Brook Club Youth Centre to bring together such a large number of local young people to get stuck into cooking and eating a traditional Christmas meal as a family unit.’

The Brook Club Youth Centre is open to all young people between 11 and 17 years old, Monday to Friday from 3.30pm to 9.30pm. It offers computer rooms, Xboxes, pool tables and table tennis tables.