ULLADULLA-Milton Lions Club members hope a new, younger branch of their organisation will be a roaring success.
The new group will soon be formed to provide parents and young people with an opportunity to share their ideas for family-friendly facilities in the region – under the umbrella of the Lions club.
Rachael Martin and Amy Whiteman each have three young children and are keen to see more recreational facilities and events for young people in the district.
They are the first to put their hands up for the young Lions branch and are hoping others will join.
Rachael said the group would ideally provide ideas and feedback about facilities needed by young families, teenagers and visitors to the area.
“We would meet occasionally over coffee, online, or at the park with the kids, and toss around ideas that we could then pass onto the Lions Club members that have more time to implement them,” she said.
“It would be a kind of reference group.”
Club president Brian Thompson said many older Lions had the time to inject into projects, but often were not sure about what young families really wanted.
“Some of us are getting older and, while we’re keen to get out and work on community projects, there’s a bit of a generation gap there,” he said.
“It would be great to have a younger social group injecting fresh ideas into the club.”
Amy said facilities such as the Lions Park at Burrill Lake were great for young children, but did not provide entertainment for children older than about seven or eight.
“There’s so much space down there and heaps of opportunities to do more for teenagers,” she said.
“That is one project we could definitely look at”.
Rachael said the group could also host events and fundraisers such as discos, music festivals and concerts for young people.
“We don’t have a lot of time to put in, because we have families and work, but maybe we could focus on one or two main events a year, with the back-up of the Lions Club,” she said.
The pair has put the call out for any interested parents or young people to contact them about forming the as yet un-named group.
If enough interest is generated, an information session will be held in the coming weeks.
Phone Amy on 0408 404 766 or Rachael on 0407 542 992 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org