We have been shortlisted in a competition to win free venue hire and a host of associated prizes worth a total of £8,000.
The event, organised by Somerset Live, aims to reward a worthy community charity (or in our case, two worthy charities) with free hire of the Bath Pavilion for an event of their choice. Although inundated with entries, the judges selected the joint entry by Mentoring Plus and Bath Youth for Christ because they recognised the huge value to the community of our youth nights.
The finalists will go head-to-head in a public vote. This is where you come in! Please vote for us, and share widely!
We have been supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged 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
- 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
About our event — Misspent Youth
Although our youth club nights have been kindly part-funded by the BBC’s Children in Need fund, there is a £9K funding shortfall, which we would like to fill with a refreshingly different event to raise vital funds for our unique youth club.
Misspent Youth will be a fund-raising event with a twist. Instead of the usual boring old black-tie, never-ending auction and sit-down salmon supper, we’ll invite teams to relive their own youth with more than a hint of healthy competition, while raising vital funds for today’s teenagers.
Teams will score points in a variety of retro challenges like skittles, balloon tennis, shoot-the-hoop, decorate-the-cake, coconut shy, and the Smartie challenge. A classic music quiz will bring back teenage memories. Extra points will be awarded for most inventive team fancy dress and the most creative team art challenge on the night. Instead of the same ol’ sit-down dinner, guests will be served old-school favourites like jelly and ice-cream, fish-finger sandwiches and hot-dogs (the posh kinds, of course). Finally, the two top teams will re-live the delights of The Generation Game with a version of the conveyor belt memory game — cuddly toy, anyone?
Here’s the link. Please please vote, and share widely!
About Bath Youth for Christ
Bath Youth for Christ is a dynamic and innovative Christian faith-based youth and community organisation working with young people in Bath and the surrounding area. Bath Youth for Christ is part of the Youth for Christ family and we are about seeing the lives of young people changed by Jesus. Bath Youth for Christ is involved in delivering youth and schools work and training and equipping others to do so too. We work in partnership; with churches, schools, the local police, the local authority and other community organisations.