Sheringham Youth Zone saved from closure

Sheringham Youth Zone has been saved by Youth Charity OPEN Youth Trust.

Following a plea for help, outreach manager Lara Nicole, from OPEN, met Julie Chalmers, founder and leader of Sheringham Youth Zone to see if OPEN could help keep the well-attended youth club running.

Julie said: “After four years of running the Youth Zone, it was a very difficult and sad decision to make but the time is right for me to hand over the club.  I am so pleased that the youth club will now be run by some really lovely people from OPEN, who have been volunteering already for a couple of months.  OPEN has the youngsters’ best interest at heart, which I always have had and I know they will also continue a good relationship with Sheringham Town Council.”

Julie continued to say: “I’d like to thank all those who made Sheringham Youth Zone possible and to the hundreds of youngsters that have made it all so worthwhile, I hope that somehow we made a difference to you all.”

Lara said: “OPEN’s focus is to make a positive difference to the lives of young people in Norfolk and we believe that Sheringham Youth Zone does just that. The youth club is a real asset to the local community and we are excited be given the opportunity to continue this for the young people of Sheringham.”

OPEN will be running the youth club with members of their staff but would love to hear from anyone who is interested in volunteering or working as a Youth Support Worker within the club.

Youngsters from Sheringham Youth Zone with Lara Nicole and Julie Chalmers.

Picture: OPEN Norwich










Sprowston teenagers need your help to make a difference

Young people in Sprowston are joining forces with the Sprowston Dementia Friendly community to organise activities to help people with the condition.

Sprowston Youth Engagement Project will be holding a 1950s tea dance on August 10 for people living with dementia and their families.

In order to make this a really special occasion they are hoping people will donate their time, some bunting, tea sets, flowers, cakes,1950s decorations, games, 1950s clothes… and someone to teach the youngsters how to dance!

They would also like to hear from a singer or anyone with other 1950s attractions.

They also plan to paint the annexe at St Cuthbert’s church and are hoping for donations of paint, brushes and rollers.If anyone has magnolia and blue gloss or trade paint they no longer need, Clare Lincoln, project lead for SYEP, would love to hear from you.

There is also scope for more young volunteers to join the group.

Contact Clare on 07917 517 405 or email