Date: 27/11/2008 Category: Young People
Medway Youth Service will be running a chill-out area at Amadeus nightclub’s Teen Dream under 18's nights. The chill-out area is a place where young people can take time out from dancing, meet up with friends and talk to youth workers. The service is trying to make the area a fun and relaxing space where young people can feel safe and be involved in activities. The work is being jointly funded by Amadeus nightclub, Kent Police and Medway Community Safety Partnership. The chill-out area will provide young people with a range of information particularly focusing on issues such as sex and relationships, drug and alcohol use and personal safety. On Sunday, 21 December sexual health project officer Kerry McMorris will also be on-hand to give advice and there will an X-Box giveaway competition. Youth worker Roy Smith said: “The youth service was approached by the police and Amadeus nightclub to look at developing this work. The key aims are to give young people access to someone to talk to about any issues they might want to discuss and enable the youth services to reach out to young people in Medway to promote other positive activities available to them.” Inspector for Partnership and Crime Reduction Dave Coleman from Medway police station said: “I was very encouraged by the positive commitment from the management of Amadeus nightclub to support the work of Medway Youth Services. This is an excellent example of business and statutory partners working together to provide a safe environment for the young people of Medway.” The next dates are 21 and 28 December and 4 January.