Youth club has helped to change young lives

Some of the young people and volunteers at Moodiesburn Youth Club.
Some of the young people and volunteers at Moodiesburn Youth Club.

A youth club set up in Moodiesburn to get young people off the street has helped to turn their lives around, says its founder.

And it is now so successful an appeal is being made for more adult volunteers.

Moodiesburn Youth Club was set up in the Pivot Community Facility two years ago by local woman Jackie Fleming and her daughter-in-law Gloria.

Jackie said: “There was absolutely nothing for the youngsters to do. This youth club is helping to change lives.

“One young person in 
particular has completely turned her life around. She loves coming to the youth club and gets a lot out of it.

“It’s great to see the club 
really has made a difference.”

Jackie put forward the 
suggestion for the club after the local community development trust asked people what they wanted to see set up in 
the area.

Moodiesburn Youth Club now has 90 young members who take part in a range of activities every Tuesday and Thursday night in the 
community centre.

Activities for members, from five to 16 years, range from music lessons and football to arts and crafts, table tennis and snooker.

Jackie, whose grandson Reiss is a volunteer with the youth club said: “A young 
student gives drumming and 
guitar lessons on both nights.This club is particularly popular with the kids.”

The club has strong links with the local community 
police who regularly visit to build up a good relationship with the young people.

Jackie said: “The kids get on really well with the police officers. It’s all about trust.”

Jackie said the success of the youth club means more volunteers are needed.

Anyone who can help should contact the Pivot Community Facility on 01236 874941.