Leicestershire voices, a tiny cross-section of the thousands of people involved with Young Leicestershire: club members and youth workers, business partners, YL team members and volunteers…

Keanan Bartram – Assistant Leader at Eyres Monsell CYP

“Young Leicestershire gives young people a chance to develop their skills and achieve their ambitions. They offer a wide range of training services to affiliated youth centres, that benefit not only the youth workers but the centres their based in”

Sarah Lewis, Programmes Manager, UK Youth

“UK Youth are proud to work with such a creative and passionate team of staff at Young Leicestershire. They have been involved in many of UK Youths programmes for many years. These programmes include NCS Social Action, Active Youth through to Road Code . Their inclusive and creative approach to delivery means they are able to engage those workers, volunteers and young people who do not necessarily have the opportunity or resources to engage in such programmes. The impact and reach Young Leicestershire have on their groups and young people is truly inspirational; always striving to engage the disengaged and offer positive realistic solutions to create the greatest impact for all. Young Leicestershire put the needs of their members first and use their relationships and experience to encourage long lasting change. Thank you, Young Leicestershire, we never stop learning from you”.

What My Youth Club Means To Me

“For years I’ve wanted a place to escape from the stresses of home. I’ve always seen other communities with youth clubs and I’ve been envious. When I saw an advert for the youth club here in my school I was extremely excited to go and ever since my first night I’ve been trying to get more people to come. I love this youth club because I can talk to the leaders about problems I have, plus I meet new friends and have surprisingly interesting discussions about quantum physics and the fabric of reality – just ask Cara (our responsible leader!).
The youth club really benefits me, my friends and the community – in a nutshell, everyone. Times are really tough now and I know things are changing, so with a youth club for people like me to come to it is a real privilege. Usually we play a version of tag called last man standing or pool, cooking, art, gaming, crafting, sports and lots more. I don’t actually go to the typical school most of us go to but I still managed to make friends. We’re a really varied youth club with equality, just like on the song ‘Equality street’ 😀 All in all, this is a great place, and with more support from the government it’ll be even better.
Joel – Glenfield Youth Centre, Member

Time Just To Be Young…

Our groups have been in existence for 10 years now, and we’re now in our second year of funding from Children In Need.

The groups have changed in composition during the year, which has strengthened the ethos rather than dilute it, with residentials providing a good platform for team building.
This is an excellent project with young people benefiting from time to just be young, having fun and gaining a respite from their responsibilities. Evaluation undertaken with the group has prompted comments such as:

Vox Pops…
Interviewer (one of the group): “How has the group changed your life?”
Group member: “I think I’m taller! Ha! I have more friends and people to talk to.”

I think the best evidence of how the group members view their participation was the self-referral that took place earlier in the year. One of the existing group members recognised a school friend – someone who had the role of a young carer – then mediated between the group leader and the friend to gain them a place. He is now a regular member and gaining the valuable support needed.
We will need to focus this year on continuing this group and seeking additional funding with the support of Young Leicestershire

Andy Oughton – Group Leader, Eyres Monsell Young Carers Group

Young Leicestershire people

“I like working as a volunteer at the youth club and doing the tuck shop for the children. It gives me the chance to train in youth work and gain experience. My children love it too, as we can do it as a family.”
Julie Bradshaw – Melton Mowbray Cove Club volunteer

Baroness Hazel Byford – Working together

BaronessHazelByfordI have followed with interest the affairs of Young Leicestershire and am pleased to see the positive progress the organisation has made and continues to make in its various fields. Like all organisations we have our own difficulties which we have had to overcome. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Committee, Club Leaders and all our voluntary helpers for their enthusiasm and continuing commitment to the interests of our Young People. I am very grateful to all our sponsors without whose financial support the impact of our work would be greatly reduced.

Together we have been able to open up opportunities for Young People giving them the chance to participate in a variety of activities, gain new friends and broaden their own personal development.

Thank you to you all.
Baroness Hazel Byford, President

Supporting Young Leicestershire

“I’ve always believed that providing the opportunity for Young People to enjoy positive activities in a club environment, is a very important element in the development of every young person. Young Leicestershire supports clubs and organisations that have the skills and abilities to fulfil a wide range of interests that appeal to Young People.

I’m an Accountant by training so my skills are in financial governance, and I have provided a service to Young Leicestershire over several years as Treasurer. Many of our thousands of Young Leicestershire volunteers don’t work directly with young people, but contribute their support and skills in this way.

I am also a Trustee/Director so I also try to support and guide the Chairman and CEO to achieve the strategic objectives of the charity, as required.”

Andrew, Treasurer

Melton Club Voices

“I feel the kids need to have activities to promote there creativity and experience new ideas for the future.”
Shirley Graham – Melton Mowbray youth club leader

The kids of Melton Mowbray need these clubs and activities so that they can express and enjoy themselves freely in a safe and comfortable environment
Tina Given – Melton Mowbray youth club leader

“This youth club is amazing, everyone enjoys it. Everyone gets along and looks forward its very happy and everyone loves it.”
Elarna-Jade, Cove club member

“My boys have just started to attend this group and they loved it so any funding anyone could give towards this project is needed. The workers who run this group are fantastic – they need all the support they can get to keep this project running.”
Janey Branstone-Spong

“I fully support the youth clubs of Melton and believe that they are a worthy cause for any funding available to them. Without support, the clubs are not sustainable which in turn leads to young people who have nowhere to go. People will then be quick to report anti-social behaviour purely on the grounds of young people ‘hanging around’ in the community, who are not necessarily causing any trouble whatsoever! Well done and keep up the good work to all those involved.”
Julia Thomas

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