A WIGAN Christian youth group is determined to set the record straight about local youngsters by showing the positive work it does.
In the last two years Two Twenty, which is a youth group run from Today’s Community Church, has seen the number of its members shoot up to nearly 120.
Ben Tarbuck, who runs the group, said: “Two Twenty is not just a place to go it is more like a community and we really try to guide the members in the right direction by teaching them life values. But we try to take a realistic approach to religion and teach them about Christianity in a way that reflects their day to day lives.”
Two Twenty meets every Friday evening and gives the young people from 11 to 19-year-old a chance to get involved in a w host of activities including performances from bands, football and other group games.
Volunteers have also been teaching citizenship classes in Rosebridge High School to teach youngsters about respect, friendship and about how to become a better citizen.
Dan Calland, 19, who is a member and volunteer at Two Twenty, based at The Pier Centre on Pottery Road, said: “Growing up through school, I was always encouraged to lift up the status of Wigan’s young people through Duke of Edinburgh awards and now I am one of those doing the encouraging.
“There are a number of volunteers who help to run the group and they themselves are all members of Two Twenty which just goes to show the type of young people in Wigan today.”
Ben added: “We have future doctors, MPs and fire-fighters here in Wigan and our aim is to encourage them to go as far as they can and to reach their goals whatever they might be.”
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