Warsop Youth Club working in partnership with Caroline Hughes, Go Extreme, Enthusiasm, Right Hook and the lottery funded Meden Sports Project, has delivered a fun-packed summer of activities for young people in Warsop. The 2016 programme was delivered throughout August and was part-funded by Big Warsop and The Sir John Eastwood Foundation.
Eighty-nine young people aged between 6 and 17 years accessed the sessions, and there were 243 engagements across the whole of the programme. The majority of activities took place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at The Shed (the former Adam Eastwood Building) on Wood Street. Three sessions were held at other venues to take advantage of facilities such as the BMX track on Carr Lane Park.
36% of the young people taking part attended 3 or more of the sessions, and the highest attendees participated in 8 of the 16 activities. Warsop Youth Club plans to consult with this group of young people to involve them in the planning of future programmes.
Jimi Ball from Warsop Youth Club said: “The summer programme was a great success. Some of the young people who came along were using the venue for the first time and, overall, we saw an increased awareness of the youth club among young people. The atmosphere was friendly and fun and the young people seemed to enjoy themselves.
“The activities attracted many new young people who would not normally attend the existing youth club.
“We intend to build on this successful engagement by planning more diverse programmes as part of our weekly offer to the young people.”
The group had fun and took away three types of bracelet. They learned about recycling and design.” Caroline Hughes who led a craft session making friendship bracelets on 4 August.
“All the young people turned up on time for the mountain bike riding and managed 15 miles around Clipstone and Sherwood Pines.” Steve Osborn from Go Extreme who led a mountain bike session on 16 August.
“The excellent facilities made the workshop successful as the amount of space, kitchen access and immaculate toilets meant that both my team and the young people felt safe and comfortable.” Sally Danby from Right Hook, who delivered a physical theatre and street dance session on 24 August.
The youth club sessions also provided plenty of opportunities for positive engagement between the young people and the youth club staff and volunteers. This was especially important as the youth club was a new provision facilitated by new people. During conversations with the young people the youth club staff and volunteers were able to canvass opinion on the best evening to hold the youth club and what kind of activities the young people would like to see. Some of the young people also expressed an interest in helping out at future sessions and being part of a youth “steering group” to help with programme design and decision making.
During the summer programme, young people learned about physical theatre, recycling, positive relationships, art design and creative use of materials.
“The summer programme was a great example of partnership working,” Jimi Ball said. “In addition, a new and positive partnership has been established between Warsop Youth Club and the lottery funded Sports Project at Meden Leisure Centre. The team on this project helped massively with the delivery of the Warsop Youth Club sessions throughout the programme.”
The programme was educational as well as informal and several young people learnt new things this summer. New helpers have emerged and will hopefully provide fresh energy to the delivery of future youth work. In particular it is exciting to see the potential of a youth forum/steering group emerging from the summer’s events. Big Warsop and The Sir John Eastwood Foundation have enabled the provision of a great month of activities for the young people of Warsop. This has provided a platform for new youth provision to take place and for Warsop Youth Club to improve its offer. Jimi Ball, Warsop Youth Club