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Youth group gifts games console to refuge


Published by Neil Shaefer for Broadacres in Housing and also in Communities

Sisters Courtney (left) and Chelsea Bayliss (left), aged ten and 11, with Michelle McFarlane. Sisters Courtney (left) and Chelsea Bayliss (left), aged ten and 11, with Michelle McFarlane.

A popular youth group has donated hundreds of pounds worth of video games equipment to a women’s refuge in Yorkshire.

The Fire Place in Stokesley recently took delivery of a new games console so after discussions with the young people who attend the volunteer-run club it was decided to gift a Nintendo Wii to a refuge for women who have experienced domestic abuse.

The console comes with various Wii accessories, such as Wii Fit board, and dozens of games.

Michelle McFarlane, a founding member and Chairperson of the Fire Place, said: “We are delighted to be able to donate the equipment to the refuge. It has given the young people hours of fun and we hope it does the same for women and children who live in the refuge.

“When we suggested to the children who attend the club that the equipment could go to the refuge they thought it was a great idea. The children have sometimes been labelled unfairly as troublemakers and this gesture shows their heart definitely is in the right place.”

The Fire Place is the only voluntary-run youth club in Stokesley and is based at the community room at Stokesley fire station.

Set up by Broadacres Housing Association, North Yorkshire Youth, the youth support service, fire service and volunteers it has helped to reduce incidents of anti-social behaviour in Stokesley.

The group currently has about 35 members aged from six to 16, and provides them with a range of activities.


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