Youth Group

Youth Group runs Mondays and Wednesdays at 4.30-6.30 for Juniors (ages 8-12) and 6.45-8.30 for Seniors (ages 13-18). Please get in touch for more information, or to join. An application form is available to download here.

Centre 63’s Youth Club delivers leisure and activities, afterschool support for two nights per week and often out of school holiday play-schemes during all the school holiday periods. There are snacks and a drink on arrival, and hot meals during school holidays. We carry out cookery lessons in both Junior and Senior Club so the children and young people can eat the food they make at the same time as learning how to cook using ingredients found in the fridge at home, how to shop and eat on a budget and teaching them to be independent.

Every Monday and Wednesday our partner KABs (Kids Activities and Bootcamps) deliver sessions to promote life skills, healthy lifestyles, resilience, social skills, team-building exercises and provide outdoor activities such as football, basketball, netball, and hockey. In other sessions our younger members have access to board games, arts and crafts, and movie nights. We also operate a Homework Club to support our members with homework and other extra curriculum activities.

We provide a wide range of projects specifically designed to tackle local issues as informed by the young people’s own experiences. Each year we consult with groups of young people to better understand their needs, gain knowledge of the barriers that are preventing them in achieving those needs as well as being educated by them about new and emerging issues facing young people today. Based on this consultation we then design a year long programme. These targeted activities work to raise the aspirations of those who are most vulnerable in our communities, by providing them with education about the dangers of negative behaviours as well as providing them with positive opportunities to learn new skills and take up experiences they would not normally have access to.

During the lockdowns, we have supported our members through online activities in the following ways:

  • Provided virtual music lessons to 75 young people
  • Delivered environmental projects to 50 young people to raise more awareness of climate change
  • Provided mentoring support for 22 young people who were struggling with isolation
  • Provided telephone support to 50 parents/carers, and supported those in financial hardship
  • Organised weekly deliveries of 80 food parcels to young people and their families
  • Provided weekly gate visits and activity packs to 80 Youth Club members whilst in lockdown.

We help young people build confidence, develop new skills, and widen their perspectives as well as uncover existing strengths and capacities. We help them find resources and help from each other through forging supportive relationships that realise the potential for positive change that lies within them as individuals and as a community.