‘I became victim of yobs... so I set up a youth club’

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AFTER suffering a prolonged campaign of anti-social behaviour on her doorstep, Justine Norman nearly moved house.

But after confronting a group of youths outside her Gosport home, the 43-year-old decided on a different approach to tackling the problem in her area – starting up a new youth club.

Justine, 43, moved into Seahorse Walk in 2007 and was immediately the target of anti-social behaviour.

She said: ‘They would wait until my rubbish bins were completely full and throw them over the garden.

‘I planted flowers outside my house and they were destroyed or stolen.

‘It was mostly youths who were either drunk or drinking.’

When Justine had enough of the trouble, she marched outside and confronted a group of youths.

‘I waited until there was a huge group of them and I just stood with them and asked them questions,’ she said.

‘I could have run away but that doesn’t solve the problem.

‘So I decided to talk to them and find out why they did it.

‘They said they were just bored, and didn’t have anything else to do or anywhere else to go.

‘It gave me the idea of starting a club where these youngsters could go instead of being out on the streets.’

The club met for the first time last week, at the Waterside Community Church, in South Street, Gosport, to discuss ideas about how it should be run.

Justine hopes to eventually train up a number of youth leaders who will take over the running of the club.

Once the youth club becomes a regular weekly fixture, Justine will organise homework clubs and games for Gosport’s young people.

She also hopes to arrange visits from speakers to help teenagers with life skills including how to write a CV.

Her son, Sam Frampton, who is also helping out, said: ‘My mum came up with the idea of setting up the youth club because of the trouble we were getting from local youths. It was just horrible.

‘But the youth club gives them something to do and keeps them off the streets.

‘It’s been going really well so far, we’ve had 25 youngsters each week.

‘I think it could make a big difference in the community.’