We will run a 6 week youth club for young people aged 12-17. The sessions will run from 5-8pm on Tuesday and Thursday and 1-5pm on a Saturday giving the children 18 sessions over 6 weeks. Although we will offer the standard youth equipment such as pool, table tennis, arts and crafts, sports, structures and chase games etc, we will add educational class from the local police and other professionals and use them as a tool for the young people to earn free time.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
-The young people have asked for this project themselves. -Our staff team and our polices, procedures and risk assessments are already in place. -We already have the equipment -We have up to 5 year relationships with some of the young people. -The young people will be choosing to take part in something positive and will learn skills that will help them progress into adults. - The young people will liaise with professionals such as police in a positive manner. -The young people will take part in exercise and activities surrounding personal care and being active. -Young people will have access to specialised equipment and learning such as DJing, dance, drumming. All things that they may not have access to due to social backgrounds. -Young people will be in a safe positive environment, away from temptations of the local estate. -Young people will be educated by positive role models.
Steps to get it done:
The project will be reward based meaning that children and young people will need to earn free time by taking part in educational things such as a police talk on gun and knife crime or litter pick the local park to then earn leisure time. We all ready have a large group of young people that have been attending the playground since the age of 6 so they are used to working together and helping jobs at they playground, all to of them are happy to help and we hope that they will set a good example to new users. The reason that this project has been brought to light is because our youth funding got cut 4 years ago and that left us with mainly 5-12 year olds. 4 years later most are hitting puberty and they do not have their own space or targeted activities and all though the need is there and the staff are prepared to take on the work, we do not have the budget or the time during our normal sessions to meet the needs.
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We have been in contact with our local police and community support officers and they are right behind us. Our officers are very interactive and helpful to the area and since we have contacted them about our project, they have agreed and are glad to potentially be involved in something that has many benefits to the community. This will be done via the visits and talks they will give to our youth club about topics such as knife, gang and other crime awareness. This confirmation was great news to us and has definitely got the ball rolling with our idea of having visits from uniformed services and other professionals.
Our young people are doing there bit to drive our wanted Youth Club! They are extremely fond of the idea and are overflowing with ideas and excited for the potential things we have in store for them if we are a success. But not to get things twisted, they are aware that there is a chance this may not happen and that it is all down to crowdfunding, so they are doing their little bit here and there, from poster making, to participating in advertising our project, all in order to make our 'crowd' bigger and stronger than ever. Are you joining our journey? Thank you and lets keep going!
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