YOUNGSTERS in Cleobury Mortimer have a fresh focus for social activity with the opening of a new youth hub in the town.

Backed by community organisations, the new facilities in the market town’s Methodist Hall were officially opened earlier this month.

The scheme has been led by the Saint Mary’s Youth Project, which has provided a programme of support and activities for children and young people in the community, including a preschool breakfast club.

Branded as The Hub, it will open its doors every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday after school. It includes a smoothie bar, pool table, games and music.

The costs of setting it up have been supported by organisations including South Shropshire Housing Association, which provided and fitted a new kitchen, Cleobury Parish Council and the Local Joint Committee.

Wesley’s Cafe Fund (Ludlow), the Police Commissioner’s grant scheme, Shropshire Council Grass Roots Fund and the Hereford Diocesan Partnership Fund also boosted the coffers.

Mark Greaves, Saint Mary’s Youth Project leader, said: “We now have a hub for young people, whatever their backgrounds or interests, to get together on a regular basis.

“They can socialise, get to know new people, receive help and encouragement with their homework and access new opportunities to take part in activities that might not, otherwise, have opened up for them.

“The support to help us achieve this from across the community has been tremendous.”

The improved facilities are also available to other residents and groups and will be open on Tuesdays from 5.30pm until 8pm and on Wednesdays and Fridays after school until 6.30pm, with the Tuesday sessions offering a homework club.

Sarah Platt, resident involvement manager for Shropshire Housing Group, said: “This project is a beacon for what can be achieved when communities work together. “