Youth Club is our core programme, augmented by various fixed-term projects. It is a physical, social and cultural space for young people to feel safe and have a sense of belonging. Children and young people are encouraged to explore new opportunities, whilst being supported to address the issues and obstacles which can become blocks in their lives.
These sessions run three times a week, complemented by a variety of recreational activities, projects and supportive group work. Throughout these sessions, we constantly consult young people about the issues and interests they want to explore and about the progress they want to make.
We organise different activities each week, often bringing in external providers, so that the youth club programme as a whole incorporates sessions in indoor sports, and dance, outdoor sports, art and film projects, music, and more. Youth club is very important for our organisation because it attracts a high volume of young men and women from various cultural backgrounds and experiences.
We find that because youth club does not have an overt focus on one area of interest or learning, and you do not need to have specific skills or interests to benefit from the activities, that young people are more likely to try something new by engaging in the different activities we provide within this space. Therefore, we use the youth club space to engage young people in activities which they would not normally try, and young people discover new areas of interest, which they can then access as part of the wider CYP programme. For example: We wanted young people to learn more about opportunities in their local area and entrepreneurship. So we organised collaboration with Global Generation, for a participation project at CYP. First we invited Global Generations to youth club to talk to the young people about the kings cross skip garden. Next a group of young people from youth club participated in the Skip Garden project over several weeks, where they gained new skills harvesting vegetables, marketing their produce and selling it to local businesses.