Project Worker - Howard Marsh
Mob: 07970 576306
Voluntary Youth Club Support Project, funded by Somerset County Council’s integrated youth services, provides support to both existing and new voluntary youth clubs that target the 11+ age range.
Project Worker - Andrea White
Mobile / text 07970576307
Andrea will be working to support communities across Somerset that are thinking about setting up or currently run clubs for young people.
SRYP, Unit 2, Suprema Estate, Edington, Bridgwater, TA7 9LF
telephone 01278 722100
Club Leaders, want to help your club members understand the issues facing the future of our world? Lots of ideas and activities in GLOBAL Bites, a series of workshops organised by GLADE. Find out more here
More good news for Stoke St Michael
The future of Stoke St Michael Youth Club which looked uncertain is now assured for the time being thanks to a grant of £1500 from the Aster Communities Wishing on a Star Scheme. Andrea helped Stoke St Michael in their application for this grant.
SRYP is itself affiliated to two of the major youth work organisations – Clubs for Young People and UK Youth and acts as their agent or constituent organisation in Somerset.
SRYP supports voluntary youth clubs by:
- Identifying the clubs and providing new clubs with start up guidelines
- Engaging with the clubs to encourage them to affiliate which gives them access to two national body’s programmes and events and the Youth Club’s Insurance Scheme.
- Supporting those that engage by providing information, regular club visits, a local events programme, sign posting, providing training, ‘health checks’ and feedback.
Important - Update
SRYP are now offering a range of new range of paid for services to give a holistic support package,
1. Staff recruitment interview process which will involve key members of your group to be a part of the interviewing process.
2. Employment of staff through SRYP payroll.
3. Supervision and continuing professional development of staff and volunteers, it offers quarterly supervisions which includes personal development / reflection of practice/forward planning/problem solving/training opportunities.
4. Duty Officer Scheme, this is an out of office hours support put in place to protect young people and workers who are in a vulnerable and at risk situation.
5. Polices guidance
6. Affiliation and insurance guidance
7. PAT testing (electrical equipment)
Development and training for all staff and young people
Planning youth programmes
Recordings and paperwork
Organising trips or residential
Working in groups
Staying safe Drugs/alcohol/sex education/stop smoking
Arts and crafts
Endeavour Awards (young people)
Clubs specialised training packages
Food and hygiene
Building risk assessments
Quality Assurance visits
Fundraising support including writing applications
Please contact Andrea if you are interested in any of these services and wish to find out more,
Games, games games!
As the lighter summer evenings approach, if you have access to a recreation field or park, you might want to take your club outside for some games. We have put together a selection of rules for the most popular and easily organised games. You will need to download and print a copy for each.
Latest Clubs News
Howard and Andrea recently visited two clubs. At Tatworth & Forton Youth Club they found some cooking going on. The group all had the opportunity to bake individual cup cakes which were a great success, have a go at making it in your club.
The young people spoke to us about their involvement of the youth club and talked about how important it is to them. The young people also talked about their involvement in our annual night walk that they took part in last year and are very much looking forward o it again this June/July.
Cup cake recipe
4 tbls SR flour 4 tbls sugar 2 tbls cocoa powder
1 egg 3 tbls milk 3tbls oil
mix all dry ingredients in a mug, add the egg and mix, add milk and oil and mix well, Place in microwave for 5 mins
At Taunton North Youth Club they found a brilliant example of a community working together with local authorities and charities to achieve a space for the community to use for all that live in the surrounding area and to have ownership and history of the facility.
The community hall will now house the youth club which will run two evenings a week, to include a junior and senior sessions, with at present all volunteer staff. A boxing club for all ages again running two sessions a week and a football club which has four sessions a week. During term time Seaworthy school will be using the building and it has already had private bookings which keeps income flowing in.
The club is supported by a big bank of 17 volunteers that all have contributed to the redecoration and setting up of the hall and youth club.
We also have an information leaflet telling you how we can support your club.
We currently have 53 affiliated clubs within our network and have established good contacts with most of these clubs over the past year. …
- Support, Advice & Equipment: We have received a number of requests for information and support by clubs and communities wanting to run fun and fund-raising events. During last Summer, SRYP’s Voluntary Clubs Support Team were able to help in a variety of ways: we now have details of the Somerset County Council’s new Youth Equipment Store ‘YES’ and a list of the equipment therein. The store is based at Hestercombe House in Taunton – their contact details and opening times are in the booklet. We also wanted to ‘flag up’ that SRYP hold some equipment in our offices at Edington which you may want to borrow for your club settings or event.
- Other Projects: We are really pleased to report that clubs are taking advantage of some of the other projects within SRYP e.g. the Moped Loan Scheme, the Disco and Junk Band sessions, Latisha’s Dance Workshops and Body Painting sessions or body-painting Training for young people… however for this we are asking for £1.00 per head to help cover the costs of materials used.