Youth Services Updates

A Constructive Ban

One of our young people talks about how being temporarily barred banned from Youth Club showed him how important the time spent there was to him and how the ban made him reflect on his behaviour: 

“My name is Chris*. I am 17 years old. Around the second week of May, I was messing about with my friends and was behaving in an unacceptable way at Youth Club. I refused to take instructions from staff and was causing a disturbance in the Club, which resulted in me being banned for two weeks. As a condition of returning to [Youth] Club, I have been volunteering at Junior Club, shadowing staff and helping them for four weeks. I have gained work experience and developed skills on work ethics, time keeping, communication, respect to staff and fellow young people and also learnt how to express my feelings constructively. Moving forward, I will be working at P3 Play Centre for their Summer Play programme.

“I am in a better place today than I was few months ago. Now I am a better communicator. I talk to staff and fellow attendees with respect. Thank you to the team for supporting me on my journey of professional development and for believing in me.”

*Name changed to protect privacy

Looking back

We’ve had a very busy last three months in our Youth Services, which included a joint-residential with a partner youth club, a theatre project in April and June and a specialist employment workshop with our friends at SPEAR.

The joint-residential was the first of its kind for us, welcoming 10 young women from both RPT and our partners at Avenues Youth Project in Westminster. The residentials was designed to bring together young people from different post codes to address the ongoing territorial disputes affecting both North Kensington and Westminster. The trip was a great success, giving all of the young women a safe format to discuss their concerns and the opportunity to reconsider their behaviours and beliefs.

In April we partnered with SPID Theatre to give young people insight into the many employment opportunities this industry has to offer, including acting, directing, lighting, tech work and stage crew. The young people were then taken to two professional theatrical productions at The National Theatre.

We welcomed SPEAR North Kensington into our Youth Club in May to run an employment workshop, which introduced our young people to SPEAR’s six-week training programme covering CV-writing, job applications, interview techniques, apprenticeships and courses. The programme is specifically designed to support NEET (not in employment, engagement or training) young people and will be a great boost to our in-house employment and training support.

Summer activities

We have a wide range of activities for children and young people lined up for the summer, including three residentials to Oxfordshire for one week each and a four-day adventure camp, together offering 26 days away for 51 different children and young people.

We are also hosting weekly late-night Youth Club and basketball sessions, daily offsite trips including the cinema, bowling and golf and a three-week music programme as part of our Amplify music and creative arts programme. This project, called Finding Rhythms, will bring together young people and professional musicians to write, produce and record an album, giving the young people a BTEC qualification in the process. The young people will then perform their music live at a showcase on Friday 16 August.

 To find out more about the activities or to register, please get in touch.

1st August 2019