A popular Yeovil youth club has achieved Somerset County Council’s ‘Safe and Welcoming’ award.
The Milford Youth Club attracts a large number of young people from Milford and the surrounding communities. It offers an extensive range of activities and opportunities, as well as a safe and relaxed atmosphere where young people can unwind with their friends.
The club is supported by grant funding Somerset County Council’s Youth & Community Service, receiving £3,350 in 2017-18.
The ‘Safe and Welcoming’ benchmark scheme accredits the club’s safe practice and appeal to young people. The club was required to build a portfolio containing witness statements, policies, health and safety practice and building safety details in order to obtain the award.
Cllr Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families at Somerset County Council, said: “It is reassuring for parents and carers to know that their local youth club is safe, sustainable and ‘young people friendly’. Once a youth club has gained this award, it becomes instantly recognisable to young people and their families as a great resource for their community.”
Councillor Rob Strickland, Chairman of Yeovil Youth Services, said: “This is fantastic news, both Mendip YMCA and the Town Council have worked really hard in partnership to ensure all the criteria has been met to achieve the Benchmark Safe and Welcoming.
“This achievement further strengthens that Milford Youth Club is a safe youth club”
Valid for three years, the award is a condition of Somerset County Council youth club funding.
The award is split into a sections looking at what young people can expect to experience at the club, the people who contribute to or work in the club, and policies, procedures and paperwork.
The Milford Youth Club is the 45th club in Somerset to achieve the award.