Teenagers learn how to live independently

Teenagers learning independent living skills as part of the residential week at Blue Flames.
Teenagers learning independent living skills as part of the residential week at Blue Flames.
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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.