A youth service supporting people with learning difficulties played host to Merton's mayor after winning charity status.

Uptown Youth Services in High Path Community Centre, South Wimbledon, invited Mayor of Merton, Councillor Marsie Skeete to attend celebrations on March 28.

The service received charity status last November.

Joan Simms, CEO of Uptown Youth Services said: "Uptown Youth Services are delighted in achieving our Charity status and passionate about improving the achievements and outcomes, with and for children and young people."

The youth service was also successful in receiving funding by The Wimbledon Foundation, a community fund to deliver maths supports sessions after school.

The sessions are held on Wednesdays, targeting young people and are led by Julie Craddock, Uptown Youth services trustee.

Joan Simms said: "The awards ceremony for young people who participated in the Maths sessions program acknowledged their participation and learning outcomes. 

"They were very excited and proud on receiving their certification from The Mayor of Merton." 

The young people who attend are from various schools in Merton and out of the borough including pupils from Merton Abbey Primary School, Ricards Lodge, St Mark’s Academy, Harris Academy Merton, Harris Academy Morden, Rutlish School, Cricket Green, Raynes Park High, Ernest Bevin and Greenshaw.

Uptown Youth Services were awarded funding from Wimbledon Foundation, Get Fit, Get Active funding to deliver weekly sessions to young people within the youth club sessions.

Uptown run a whole host of activities for three nights a week. Members can take part in music, dance, drama and sports.