Hitchin charity puts plea out to community groups after refurb

A HITCHIN-based charity which provides space for local groups to meet for free and at subsidised prices, has refurbished its premises and is encouraging organisations to make use of the more room now available.

Hitchin Youth Trust aims to encourage activities for young people up to the age of 26, by providing support for activities and initiatives in the Hitchin area.

After refurbishing its Walsworth Road building, with an official launch to be held on Saturday, the charity’s base has youth rooms - free of charge to youth groups - as well as a kitchen, meeting room, activity room, office space, garden and patio and baby changing and disabled facilities.

Secretary Helen Owen said: “We have people coming and going on a daily basis, but we are able to accommodate more.

“We have people in on most evenings, but during the day and on Saturdays, the space is generally free.

“We’re trying to publish the fact that we’re here - we have these rooms which are available to use, and we want people to know that.

“We’re putting the message out that, even if they don’t use the group for meeting purposes, they could have committee meetings, AGMs here.

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“At the moment, we have toddler groups, drama groups, a St John Ambulance group, all sorts really.”

Around 250 members from 14 different clubs use the facilities currently - half the number it could accommodate.

The trust also provides grants to clubs, associations and educational groups for needs such as sports equipment, computers and camping equipment, as well as support to individuals and educational bursaries.

Last year, it gave awards to 49 individuals and 17 organisations representing over 1,800 people.

For more information on the youth trust and how to get involved, visit www.hitchinyouthtrust.co.uk

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