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Youths get a Place of their own
Youths on a street
The mobile clubs will go to areas with few youth amenities
Mobile youth clubs are to be driven on the streets of Liverpool to try to cut youth crime and anti-social behaviour.

Two purpose-built vans will tour the city targeting areas lacking in youth amenities and nuisance hotspots.

The council says the vans - called The Place - will provide a safe place to "chill out, socialise, seek advice, learn new skills, but most of all have some fun".

They are costing almost 50,000 each and come complete with computers, games consoles and exhibition displays.

The vans will be on the road from first light to late night and will be staffed by youth workers who will be able to offer young people support and advice.

Chester Morrison, the council's principal youth officer, said the new mobile centres would help keep children safe and provide a welcoming place for youngsters who hang around on the streets with nothing to do.

He said: "The Place will help make our services more flexible and more responsive to the needs of young people - wherever they are."

Councillor Paul Clein added: "Many residents feel intimidated by young people hanging around on the streets.

"These mobile centres will help reduce this problem by giving youngsters - no matter where they live - somewhere to go and to do something positive and constructive with their time."


SEE ALSO:
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10 Sep 03  |  UK


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