Whaley Bridge youth club, based in Footsteps, has won a £250 grant from the Co-operative Community Fund, based on the ‘postal votes’ of local people. A bright yellow postbox, placed inside the Co-op pharmacy, was used in this pilot project for the Co-op. Customers were given yellow discs (a bit like tiddlywinks) which could be posted into one of two slots: one for the youth club, the other for the Water Weekend.
Rebecca Harman, leader at the club, said: “We were pleasantly surprised about how much support we had from the public.” How will the money be spent? “Possibly on Play Station 3.”
Two youth club members – Alisha Vernon and Leah Woodhall – joined youth club worker Karen Spencer and staff from the pharmacy at a photocall.
Pharmacy manager Raj Modi said: “We were amazed how many discs were ‘posted’ by customers, over 1,600.”
The youth club, which is run by Derbyshire county council, meets in Footsteps drop-in centre on Market Street on Tuesdays, 6pm-9pm and on Fridays, 7pm-10pm.