Our youth clubs provide a safe and trusted meeting space for children and young people, helping to protect them from negative influences such as juvenile nuisance, anti-social behaviour, crime and drug and alcohol misuse that are a problem in this community.
Young people have access to advice, information and support from our team of youth work staff and volunteers.
Young people participate in a wide range of activities, including sport, adventure, educational workshops and challenges. By engaging in our youth council meetings young people take ownership of their club and help to plan and deliver a programme of activities.
It has been encouraging to see an influx of older teenagers. Youth Club attendance is now between 20 and 25 each night. Our youth café recorded 1636 attendances throughout last year and regular weekly attendance from our 96 members. We’re grateful for our team of volunteers who gave 867 voluntary hours supporting our work at The Nightingales.
The small youth room and warren of back rooms make it challenging to deliver quality youth work. Groups of older teenagers spilling out from the youth rooms onto the public area in front the shop can feel intimidating to those visiting the shop. The obvious solution is to use Greenham Community Centre’s main hall for our youth clubs sessions. There is an underused area of land at the front of the main hall that forms part of the Greenham Community Centre site. A new door from the main hall would allow both direct access to the main hall for youth club sessions and would allow young people to spill out onto an area of our own land with minimal disruption to others. We will work with our landlord Greenham Trust, to develop this project.