After school scheme is proving a big hit

By Harriet Ernstsons Thursday 17 April 2014 Updated: 18/04 08:16

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DOZENS of youngsters have found a safe place to stay after school thanks to a new scheme.

The Safe Haven Hometime Club has now been running for a month and has attracted 50 young people already.

Based at The Space in Winyates Centre, the scheme run by Protective Behaviours UK is aimed at teaching children aged between eight and 12 how to keep themselves safe.

The pilot will run until July 18 thanks to a £9,914 grant from the Big Lottery’s Awards For All programme and, if it proves successful, the aim is to roll it out across the borough.

Club co-ordinator Karen Martin told the Standard: “The children and young people have settled in really quickly and have got ownership of their club.”

As well as referrals, membership has increased by word of mouth, with young people inviting their friends to join in.

Stuart Wilcox, Safe Haven project lead, added: “The staff, children, parents and teachers at Ipsley Academy are already seeing the benefits, with children wanting to go to the club more and more and parents talking about the positives.”

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