DISABLED teenagers across Castle Point will be able to attend a new youth club on Canvey .

Leading disability charity, Papworth Trust, has opened the weekly facility in Our Lady of Canvey church hall, in Long Road.

The new club will offer a wide variety of activities, such as music, bowling, cinema trips, urban art and crafts and computer games.

Helen Stanley, Papworth’s manager for young persons’ services in Essex, said: “In the last few years we have steadily been expanding our youth clubs across Essex, which has proved extremely successful. It was brought to our attention there is a real need for one on Canvey and we are pleased to deliver this.

“It is so important disabled teenagers get to experience everything a regular teenager does.

“This is a great opportunity for disabled youngsters in the area to make new friends and we want as many people as possible to come along.”

Youth facilities on the island took a turn for the worse when the Images youth centre, in Furtherwick Road, shut in May after disputes with the landowner.

The Canvey Youth Project and Castle Point Disabled Club also faced closure this year before kind-hearted residents and businesses came forward with funding to keep them open.

Peter May, Canvey Independent councillor for Canvey Central ward, said: “There is such a big need for youth facilities on Canvey because young people here really do have nothing to do, especially since Images closed.

“It is brilliant news that a new youth club has opened and that it will be catering for disabled people right across the borough.”

The trust, which provides support to about 20,000 people across the East of England, already runs weekly youth clubs in Basildon , Clacton, Colchester, Maldon and Witham.

The youth club will be open from 6.30pm to 8.30pm every Thursday for children over the age of 11.

For more information, visit www.papworth.org.uk