Friday 5th September 2008 by S. McGown
Two Brooke Weston students have come up with ideas for their ideal youth club. Ruby Noble and Hannah Auld presented their plans to a county council representative who is working with a partnership group to formulate a £5m bid for a new youth centre in Corby.
The students came up with their design during a Year 8 humanities project led by Mr Bidwell focusing on teenagers' views of their environment. They looked at locations where they felt safe and unsafe and then were asked to come up with their perfect environment. Ruby and Hannah's ideas for a youth club included a chill out zone, café and separate rooms devoted to fashion and make-up for girls and games and pool tables for the boys. They also incorporated a dedicated disco room and considered membership and staffing issues.
Their ideas were so good they were sent to Corby Borough Council. They got in touch with the county council prevention development manager, Helen Bradshaw who came to Brooke Weston to see Ruby and Hannah's display. She then showed them plans for a proposed new youth centre in West Glebe Park, which will replace the existing centre. Helen said: 'The aim is to create a world class youth facility here in Corby.' The county council, borough council and private and voluntary sector organisations are working in partnership to put together an ambitious bid.
Local architects, GSS, have designed a two-storey youth centre incorporating sports facilities, a dance studio, art area and climbing wall, as well as a café and private consultation rooms where teenagers can get careers or health advice or meet with support services. These plans will now be submitted in a bid to get Government funding from the 'myplace' initiative for the East Midlands.
Teacher, Dr Rowe, who attended the presentation said: 'Hannah and Ruby's ideas are fantastic; they have thought all the things through in so much depth and detail. They know exactly what they want from a youth centre and they have worked so hard on this.' Helen Bradshaw added 'It is crucial to the success of the bid that young people are involved in all aspects of planning, development and delivery of the project so we are delighted to see Ruby and Hannah's ideas.'
She will canvass opinion from other students in Corby but she has already asked Hannah and Ruby to join the consultation process for the new proposed youth club, which, if it gets the go-ahead, will take two years to complete.