Somerford Youth Club

We are raising funds and awareness to support our proposal to take over Somerford Youth Club in Christchurch.

New stretch target

We have achieved our target of £2000 with 116 backers which is fantastic - thank you to everyone who has supported this. With 8 days left we would like to stretch this target to £2500. We now get to keep the £2000 that has been pledged and we will now get to keep any additional funds pledged even if we do not hit the £2500 mark. Every backer we have, every pledge that is made and every penny we raise will help us in our proposal to take over Somerford Youth Club. 

We want to keep the club as a resource where young people

  • can develop self-esteem and confidence
  • can learn key skills for life and employment
  • can have fun and feel safe
  • are looked after and supported in order to reach their potential
  • can achieve out of school awards such as Duke of Edinburgh Award and Artsaward
  • feel that they have an input into the running of the centre
  • can undertake a variety of activities they may not be able to access elsewhere
  • can come to for a range of advice, information and guidance

We also want to keep the club as a resource where all members of the community

  • can develop self esteem and confidence
  • can learn key skills for employment
  • can engage in volunteering opportunities
  • feel that they have an input into running the centre
  • can undertake a variety of activities they may not be able to access elsewhere
  • can come to for a range of advice, information and guidance

 

Your support is valuable to us so please back us and share this.

Rehearsing for Regent Centre show

We are raising funds and awareness to support our proposal to take over Somerford Youth Club in Christchurch following the decision of Dorset County Council to withdraw funding from open access youth centres and offer the buildings for community use. 

Somerford is one of the most deprived areas in Dorset and ranks as being the most deprived area for education and skills in the County.

We aim to

  • keep it running as a youth provision for local young people
  • run various skill based projects for young people and adults to increase their skills for employment.

The club will be run and managed by members of the local community and local business personnel.

To date we have had support pledged to us from The Rotary Club and the Lions Club.

 

We would like to get pledges in to help us reach this target but equally we would like people to send us messages of support we can then show we have behind our proposal. This will add weight to our propsal to Dorset County Council when they come to decide in who to take over the running of the club. It will show that the club must remain a local community provision run and managed by the community for the community.