A YOUTH club has been a shining lights for black and ethnic minority youngsters by providing a series of online programmes.

Positive Vibes supports youngsters across Bolton, Leigh and surrounding areas.

The closure of most youth centres during the pandemic has meant a significant number of young people have been left with nothing do.

But project manager Jeremiah Murefu said the club was helping youths to “stimulate their physical health and boost their mental health.”

Online sessions have included talks on stress, mental health awareness, fitness and career guidance.

Project co-ordinator Macdonald Chimbizi added: “Young people have been idle during the pandemic and we really wanted to tap into that energy. It is important they are equipped and empowered with the knowledge that they need - especially in BAME communities.

“Education on things like fitness and careers are lacking in young people so we have tried to give tips and advice where we can.”

Macdonald said the group had around 30 members currently, although they had scope to expand.

The group has benefited from National Lottery funding, providing fitness equipment for youngsters to use, such as hula hoops, skipping ropes, fit-bits and sport water bottles.

The £9,985 community project grant will further be used to support its work in promoting social cohesion by developing community youth programmes.

Last month the club also managed to purchase tablets worth £1,400, which were distributed to disadvantaged young people in the community so they can access educational materials, online sessions and keep in touch with peers on social media.

Jeremiah added: “We’re delighted the Community Fund has recognised our work in this way. This will go a long way in supporting our community activities and continue making a difference in young people’s lives”.

For more go online to positive-vibes.org.uk

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