Mega relaunch for youth nightclub event

AN award-winning initiative aimed at offering youths a safe nightclub experience is being relaunched in Motherwell.

The Mega Bar Unders event was hailed a huge success when it first started a few years back, but numbers have recently dwindled and organisers are hoping it returns to its former glory.

Organised by a number of partners including the Motherwell Youth Work group, Strathclyde Police and North Lanarkshire Council, the event runs on the first Saturday of each month at the Brandon Street club between 6.30 and 9.30pm.

It is suitable for those aged 12 and over and is supervised, with regular visits from local police officers.

The relaunch night will take place on Saturday, March 2, and will feature a variety of games and competitions and the opportunity to sign up for a Young Scot card.

Gillian McCairn, community learning and development worker with North Lanarkshire Council, said: “Young people can come along to a safe and secure environment, have a great time and learn new things.

“Each month, we will have a number of different topics to highlight to young people. Parents are welcome to come along and have a look around the venue before the event starts and speak to the staff.

“Youth workers and Strathclyde Police will be on hand during the launch to consult with young people about future activities they would like to see take place.”

Inspector Gordon Vickers added: “We are delighted to work with partners to help provide young people with somewhere safe to go and enjoy themselves. I will ensure our local community police teams visit regularly to allow us to build good links with those attending. Occasionally we have to deal with complaints in relation to youth disorder and this project can also offer an alternative to the minority intent on causing anti-social behaviour on our streets.”

For more information on the Mega Bar Unders, call the Motherwell Youth Work Team on 01698 403830.