Bognor’s anti-bullying youth club to launch this month

Ben Checkley (right) and colleague Dawn Standing, with Danny Dawes from Grandads Front Room
Ben Checkley (right) and colleague Dawn Standing, with Danny Dawes from Grandads Front Room

An anti-bullying organisation started by a young man from Bognor is launching its youth club this month.

Ben Checkley, 22, set up Sussex Against Bullying in June last year with the aim of giving children a safe environment free from bullying where they can gain confidence and meet new friends.

He said: “I hope we are able to boost people’s confidence and provide them with a place where they can have fun and get support.”

All made possible by a hefty grant from the Big Lottery Fund (BLF), the club launches May 23 at Jeneses Art Centre in Linden Road.

The club will run on Wednesdays and Saturdays, along with a summer project.

Ben said: “I have been volunteering all my life in different organisations [against bullying].

“I have been trying to set up something similar. We’re offering a youth club in Bognor.”

Earlier this year Ben was thrilled to find out that Sussex Against Bullying was being awarded £9,790 from the BLF – part of the National Lottery.

This has been instrumental in getting the youth club off the ground, Ben said.

He added: “It is all made possible because of the BLF.”

For more information or to be referred to the youth club, contact Ben on 07578534933.

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