Kids get to wear beer goggles

PROGRESS is being made to reinvigorate a youth service’s activities in Ponteland.

Sessions for 13 to 19-year-olds were held during the summer holidays to help raise awareness of what is on offer in their area.

The Northumberland Youth Service West team, which was set up in April following a restructuring process, has also been engaging with youngsters on the streets.

Ashley Brown, Senior Youth Worker for the West Area, said at a meeting of Ponteland Town Council: “We have been working to get the service in Ponteland back on track after things slipped a little last year.

“This includes re-establishing our relationships with young people and that’s why I made sure activities were available throughout the six weeks holidays. We are also working more closely with Ponteland High School.

“We are trying to give them as many opportunities as possible to play football and other games and we have recently started a cookery group.

“Detached work on the streets is taking place on Friday evenings and some Wednesdays. If the weather isn’t good we do have access to a room at Merton Hall.”

He added that one of the educational sessions which took place over the summer raised awareness of alcohol issues. It included giving the young people special ‘beer goggles’ equipment to put on to show them the effects of being drunk.