A Parliamentary Bill to ensure local children have access to a youth club is being brought in June by Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven MP, Lloyd Russell-Moyes.
He believes that there should a somewhere for young people to go in every neighbourhood – as part of a bid to tackle teenage delinquency as well as issues surrounding isolation and depression.
A report by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has previously highlighted the lack of "somewhere to go in the evening" as a stock grievance among many teenagers -and often cited as a reason for them going off the rails.
But just meeting to socialise isn’t enough – the aim would be to provide structured activities such as sport, art or drama.
‘Activities that take place within a group with clear guidance and support and with well defined aims help children to develop better social and emotional skills, as the IPPR study shows,’ said Lloyd.
‘It can also provide a structure that might be missing from the home environment or even at school. With positive activities that are attractive to young people, the difference to a child’s wellbeing can be substantial,’ he added.
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