Call for volunteers to help give youngsters a big boost

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A thriving young people’s centre is calling for volunteers to help with its expanding success.

Brite Futures was set up in Ribbleton, Preston, in 2008, and bosses have now added a new section to provide more activities for families across the area.

HANDS UP: Dance Teacher Kerry Marrs children at Brite Futures Community Centre

HANDS UP: Dance Teacher Kerry Marrs children at Brite Futures Community Centre

They now hope volunteers will come forward to help run the community interest company, so it can be run “by the community, for the community”.

Manager Michelle Howard said: “We opened in 2008, we started doing after school activities. At the moment we are doing mentoring for teenagers not in mainstream schools, in term time between 9am and 3pm, then from 3pm we go and pick up from local schools with a walking bus. We pick up from five schools for working parents, and at 4pm we open to the community for an after-school club.We’ve just extended into the rest of the building but it’s set up as a community interest company.

“We are called Brite Futures, and the new bit is called Brite Futures The Centre.” Michelle said the Longridge Road centre offered Brownies, Rainbows and Guides, as well as pensioners’ coffee mornings and afternoon teas.

Fitness clubs for adults and children are also offered.

She said: “We need people to come and help us and volunteer. I want people to get involved in any way they can – we are very important to this community.

“The new section officially became a community interest company on August 7, but we opened on May 1 and we are putting in for Lottery funding.

“We are hoping to do cooking with some parents and young families. It is all set up, but we need more help.

“We need this new community bit to be run by the community, for the community, and we need them to come in with ideas.”

Call 01772 651470.