We have been busy meeting with many people and we have put a proposal together, which has been sent to Enfield Council and to our local bishops as we are hoping that in time other churches can follow our example and set up provisions for young people.
We are so pleased to know that we will have the support of Enfield Council especially in the beginning stages, where they will be involved in helping us set up and also provide training for volunteers etc. We are then hoping to have the community, local businesses as well as paid workers to take over the provision.
The provision will include the following parts:
1. Youth Club (open to anyone 14-18 year olds)
We will be offering a safe place to come to on a Friday during term time from 3.30pm until 5.30pm. The aim is to start this in March 2020.
There will be a youth club in the main hall where young people can hang out, play pool, have food etc as well as a ‘key skill project’ that will happen in the small hall, where on a 6-week basis, youths will be offered different courses possibly with skill certificates at completion. These projects will be on a termly basis and planned in advance. The first project suggested is a ‘Young Leadership’ project, whereby youths will be trained to part-shape and part-lead the actual youth provision.
During school holidays there will be separate projects such as Enfield Council’s ‘Summer Uni’ in the summer holidays.
2. Mentoring (for 11 – 18 year olds)
The church will offer mentoring facilities to youths who are in need. This work will be in cooperation with Enfield Behaviour Support.
3. Support group for parents and carers with disengaged children
The church is hoping to host a support group for families/parents, who have been affected by youth violence/crime or who struggle to engage positively with their children. This group will meet on a fortnightly basis in the evening by experienced facilitators and volunteers and is aiming to increase positive long-term outcomes for both children and their families.
There will be many ways of getting involved, such as helping the actual youth club by providing refreshments and supervision, by helping with the mentoring, by running a 6-weeks skills project and by being a volunteer to provide refreshments during the support group meetings. Training for this will be provided in advance.
We have already had so many offers of help and support from you and we wanted to thank you again very much for coming forward.
In order to let you know in more detail what we will be looking for and how to get involved, we would like to invite you to a meeting at St John’s Church (Bourne Hill) on Wednesday 20th November at 7.30pm.
We would love to be able to welcome you and hope that despite the time it has taken us to put the actual proposal together and meet with different groups and individuals, you are still keen to support this worthwhile project which is so very much needed in our local community.
Alternatively, if you can’t make the meeting and would like to offer any of the following, please get in touch with us:
- volunteering for helping with sessions
- providing activities for the youth (drama sessions, dance sessions etc)
- providing food eg if you are a local business
- help with administration for this project
- help with applying for grants to help the financial aspect of this project
- help with any financial management of this project
If there is any help you know you can provide, we would love to hear from you! Email us on: email@example.com