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We’re so pleased our youth club nights are supported by BBC Children in Need

“I actually joined in when I’m usually quiet”

We have been supporting young people across BaNES for 21 years, mobilising our community to offer time as volunteer mentors whom we train, support and supervise. Alongside this, we offer weekly group activity sessions, offering young people facing the toughest of life challenges the chance to try new things, visit new places and build confidence in small, supported groups.

 

Many young people we work with struggle with social skills, teamwork and isolation, and commonly their weekly mentoring sessions and activity groups are the only times they leave home outside school.

About our youth club nights

Our youth club nights are some of the only remaining in the county. Teenagers from our local community get together at Riverside Youth Hub, our child-friendly premises which offer a cafe-style recreation room, kitchen, TV and gaming lounge, hall, garden, music studio, garden and fenced ball court.

One night per week is currently a classic open-access night welcoming young people to a combination of organised and self-directed activities and conversation. The second night offers more structured activities, designed and chosen by the young people attending. They surprised us in their choices: we anticipated they would choose a streetdance activity and making YouTube videos, where in fact they voted for a Bake Off followed by an arts activity helping to create a brand identity for Riverside – a perfect example of why adults should never assume they know the teenage mind.

Our activities have included
  • graphic design
  • Bake Off
  • football
  • badminton
  • basketball
  • games of tag
  • taster sessions, eg kayaking, boxing, rugby
  • arts (T-shirt design, painting, manga drawing)
  • games (Xbox FIFA, Connect 4, Dobble, Jenga etc)

Sessions are led by at least 2 qualified youth workers and supported by Mentoring Plus practitioners skilled in leading group work.

These are great kids who just want a safe place to go

Working with Bath Youth for Christ, we’ve created a rare and precious safe space for teens to have fun, take a break from their mobile phones and forget the stresses that may exist at home, enabling them to

  • feel safer from potential threats such as violence or exploitation

  • build more positive relationships with friends and trusted adults

  • improve confidence and  emotional wellbeing

 

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