Young? Bored? Katherine Clarke explains how a club at the Red Brick Building could be just what you’re looking for…
The Red Brick Building Youth Club was established in 2013. The club is run with Mendip YMCA and sponsored by The Glastonbury Town Council and Somerset County Council.
The club is open from 6.30 to 9pm on a Friday evening during term time, and is in the first-floor studio at the Red Brick Building. The club is fully accessible via a newly fitted lift and has a hearing loop. It is open to 11 to 19 year olds, costs just 50p a time, and is run by three youth workers.
The club attracts between 20-30 members each week, and we still have room for more. The club is centred around the needs and interests of its members. They are involved in every aspect of the club’s operation, including planning termly programmes of activities – and in some cases leading the activities themselves. They are actively involved in member and staff recruitment, mentoring new members to help them settle in, event planning and are always asked to contribute to any key decisions.
Activities are always fun and engaging, and are often linked to an issue that has been raised by members – for example, we have used green screen movie-making to explore and discuss bullying, or use interesting craft activities to raise a greater awareness of mental health and the support available. Whatever the topic, we always make it fun, and the members are brilliant at coming up with inspiring suggestions which keeps it interesting for the youth workers, too.
In addition to the planned activities we have a wide range of equipment that members can use, such as table tennis, air hockey, foosball, Nintendo Wii, board games and arts and crafts. This is to ensure there is something to capture everyone’s interest.
Our members say they really enjoy coming to the club because it is a fun, safe and welcoming space that they feel they can call their own, socialise with their friends and get support if they need it.
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