Over-14’s Youth Café now open in Methodist Church rooms

 The Youth Café is now open on Friday evenings in the rooms at the back of the Methodist Church in Winchester Street.  It is a safe meeting place for 14 – 19 year olds, for light refreshments, electronic/computer games and pool.  Regular customers of the cafe have named it Freedom”.

This is run in partnership with Basingstoke Voluntary Services (BVS) whose “outreach” team are on the streets of Whitchurch on Fridays.  The team working in the Youth Café is led by experienced youth leader Jay Whiting.

Not Just a Youth Club

Whitchurch Youth Project has recently entered into a formal partnership with Basingstoke Voluntary Services. This allows us to extend our range of services to include:

The Hub – giving advice on health and relationships, running from 6pm at the Methodist Church rooms.  BVS youth workers involved with young people on the street to encourage them to go to the clubs Young Leader training – If you are aged 16-19 and have an interest in youth work then we may be able to offer you access to Young Leader Training, which can lead to an accredited qualification.

The Whitchurch Youth Project has secured funding in partnership with Basingstoke Voluntary Services to deliver youth volunteer training opportunities. This could help you into work or further education in the future and all we ask is that you support the new ‘Senior’ Youth club (youth Café) as a volunteer on occasional Friday evenings, which can include your training time.

There are 12 spaces available and the training will start early in 2013, and will be delivered out of school/college hours. The Young Leader Training will be provided by Youth Clubs Hampshire & Isle of Wight.

If you interested in finding out more, please register your interest with Jason Whiting at the BVS Youth Team hub : 07748251407 or Jwhiting@voluntaryservices.com

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