Youth room planned in Community Centre

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Regeneration of one of the rooms in Stonehaven Community Centre is on track to be carried out by the end of the financial year, creating a permanent space in the town for young people to go and spend time.

At their meeting on Tuesday night, Stonehaven and District Community Council heard from Claire Thompson from the Stonehaven Community Learning and Development team who explained that £50,000 had been secured to allow a room in the community centre to be done up and made suitable for use as a youth room.

Forty thousand pounds of the money given to the project came from planning gain.

There are plans for the room to be used in the evenings as a place that youths can go and spend time, in a safe environment.

At a previous meeting SDCC identified that a lack of places for young people to spend time in Stonehaven was an issue within the town. The active Hub in Stonehaven is popular on a Friday night however the rest of the week youths are left with nowhere to go. With funding now in place work will begin in the room and Claire Thompson explained that there were plans to have work completed by the end of the financial year.

Stonehaven and District Community Council do a variety of things to support youths in the area and are currently accepting nominations for their annual Hannah Dyson award.

The award is presented to a young person for outstanding achievement, excellence or merit. The award is given to a young person who is under 18 years of age and who has achieved outstanding youth achievement, excellence or merit in a number of different areas including; academic or sporting success, an act of bravery, outstanding caring or community service, special achievement despite limitations imposed by hardship, disability or long term illness or any other appropriate kind of excellence.

Candidates must also have a strong association with Stonehaven.

Nominations should be made in writing, must include a supporting statement and must be submitted by a person not related to the candidate.

The closing date for nominations for is December 7, with the winner being announced early next year.

Nominations can be sent to - Stonehaven and District Community Council secretary, Alistair Lawrie, 1 Westfield Avenue, Stonehaven, AB39 2EU or can be emailed to Nomintations must include complete name, address and telephone number/e mail.