A new youth group in Morpeth will be providing a range of indoor and outdoor activities.
The sessions for Shield will take place at the New Life Christian Centre in Dacre Street on Friday evenings – one for six to 11-year-olds (6pm to 7.15pm) and the other for those between 12 and 17 (7.30pm to 9pm).
Mike Brown has set up the non-profit organisation. The first sessions start tomorrow.
The photographer and coffee shop worker was a member of the Morpeth Boys’ Brigade leadership team. He currently helps out at the 6th Morpeth Scouts Wednesday group.
He went abroad for an 18-month period from January 2013 to work on two Disney Cruise Line ships and do some voluntary work as part of the Disney VoluntEARS initiative.
Mr Brown said: “I wanted to use my experiences to create an environment where young people can have some fun and perhaps pick up a few skills as I’m also planning baking and crafts for the younger group and team-building for the older group.
“There will be treasure hunts and parachute games, we will be able to use the facilities at the church such as the pool and table tennis tables and computer games, and there will be some outdoor activities in Carlisle Park.
“An important aspect is making the group affordable to families, so I’m looking to make it just 50p a session.”
New Life Minister Mike Willis added: “We’ve been wanting to increase our provision for all ages since our major renovation in 2015, so we’re delighted to provide the base for Shield.
“There will be a religious element to some of the activities, but we won’t be ramming the messages down their throats and the group is open to all.”
For more information, visit the Shield Morpeth Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org