Merton Council has teamed up with the St Helier and Ravensbury Youth Action Group (YAG) to launch JB2K, a positive, crime-free venue for young people from St Helier and Ravensbury wards.

Activities in the club will include a place to socialise, a bar that serves non-alcoholic drinks, graffiti art, sports, rap shows, mixing and monthly healthy lifestyle sessions to promote drug awareness and talk about teenage pregnancy, smoking and self-esteem.

The club is held every Friday night at the Wyvern Youth Club, Arris Avenue between 7pm and 10pm.

JB2K is being funded by a grant from the Kings Fund with additional funding from Merton Drug Action Team and Merton partnership Against Crime.

It will be run by qualified and experience staff, the healthy lifestyle sessions will be provided from a wide range of partner organisations including Specialist Health Promotion and Merton Youth Awareness Programme.
The project will be up and running within the next few weeks and is set to run until 31 August, 2001.

YAG was formed in 1999 by St Helier ward councillor Councillor Maxi Martin, local young people and parents and WPC Vanessa Stennet who is Police Beat Manager for Ravensbury.

Councillor Maxi Martin, who is leading the project, said: “A great deal of hard work has gone into getting JB2K off the ground and we hope it will be a success.

“JB2K will give young people chance to come along to the club and tell us how they would like to spend the evening. There will be a really healthy mix of fun and education and I would like to take this opportunity to invite young people in St Helier and Ravensbury to come along to JB2K and see for themselves.”

For more information about JB2K and details about the next evening call Matthew Lilley on 8640 7050.