The project will work with young people aged 5 - 19 years old who are living in nuisance areas and at risk of being involved in antisocial behaviour. With after school and weekends being a time where many young people are idle, our provisions will integrate local young people into a range of positive activities and assist them in gaining essential employability and life skills. We consider it our mission to empower and enable all young people of our locality to take control of their lives.
The Arbour Youth Centre was established after World War II as a response to the local social and economic deprivation. Over the years, we have been responding to local needs and supporting the changing local population made up of different migrant communities. The Arbour is devoted to giving local people real opportunities to discover themselves and to become inspired by, and active in the world around them.
• Young people will make informed choices about the peer groups they engage with - by getting young people involved in the project and creating an environment where they are safe and free from bullying, we help them improve their life skills and ability to identify potential dangers.
• Young people will gain new skills and knowledge - as young people will engage in developmental programmes which gives them the opportunity to learn new skills and gain confidence and achieve personal development
We need funding for overheads and project costs, equipment and materials which will cover 21 weekly sessions, 7 days a week, with term time activities and holiday provisions which allow parents, in particular lone parents, to continue with their training programmes and employment. This has a knock-on positive effect on their children thus helping the wider community and society too.