Centre enters new year on a high note

Cara Hughes, senior winner.
Cara Hughes, senior winner.
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A youth and community centre is celebrating a year of successes for its young people.

Two Stanley’s Youth and Community Centre members have achieved great success in the regional talent show, Lancashire Association of Boys and Girls Clubs Got 

India Pattemore, from Morecambe, won first place in the junior heat, and Cara Hughes, also from Morecambe, won first place in the senior heat for their singing talents.

In January, India and Cara will record a track each at a recording studio in Forton, owned by one of the event’s judges.

Cara will also compete in the Furness Building Society Charity Challenge’s Grand Final which takes places at The Grand Theatre, Lancaster, on Saturday, January 19.

Winners will donate a share of a £3,000 prize fund to their chosen good cause.

Senior Youth Worker and Centre Manager, Lauren Denman, who runs Stanley’s on a day to day basis, said: “It’s absolutely brilliant that our young people are being given opportunities to show off their talents to a wider audience and be able to experience a day in a recording studio.

“All the work my staff and I put in to the centre to provide our members with positive activities and new experiences to engage in is really starting to pay off.” The 
centre, which has more than 400 young members and is based on Stanley Road in Morecambe’s West End, has also just set up a social enterprise.


Run from Stanley’s kitchen, and led by young leader Andy Creech, ‘Empty Bellies’ sees the young people providing food for the club members at their after school session ‘Aloud’, which provides young people with various activities to engage in including cooking, music, art and sports.

It runs from 3.30 to 6pm, Monday to Friday, each week for young people ages eight to 12.

Plans for a breakfast club in the New Year are also afoot.

*If you would like to join Stanley’s Youth and Community Centre contact Lauren on 01524 410076, email laurendenman@ceep.org.uk or pop in to the centre at 79-83, Stanley Road, Morecambe.