A group of teenagers have been given a helping hand in learning to live independently.
The 30 youngsters taking part in the National Citizen’s Scheme, organised by Shiremoor-based VODA (Voluntary Organisations Development Agency), were able to use the facilities at Blue Flames Sporting Club in Benton to learn more about looking after themselves.
The six-week programme encourages 16 and 17-year-olds to learn about the skills required for independent living, spending a week at Blue Flames learning how to manage their own meals and evening activities and take part in projects during the day.
Robin Fry, VODA’s volunteer centre manager, said: “We’ve used the Blue Flames facility previously for a number of events and it’s ideal for this scheme with kitchens, showers and spaces to set up sleeping areas.
“They’re a very diverse group of young people from totally different backgrounds.”
Blue Flames became a private club in 1996, currently used by more than 100,000 people a year.
Facilities include three full size football pitches, a cricket square and cricket nets, two five-a-side pitches, bowling green, sports hall, gym and function rooms.