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Rose Hill Junior Youth club (JYC) has been part of the Rose Hill community for 11+ years. Over the years, a skilled and dedicated staff and volunteer team have created strong and trusted relationships with local children, young people, their families and local organisations and have responded to the needs of the community.
Our charity offers four, free and inclusive after school youth club sessions to over 130 children aged 5-16, every week. Our clubs offer the chance to engage in safe, meaningful, creative and healthy activities including multi-sports, arts & crafts, cooking and games. Children & young people can let off steam and have fun, whilst developing social, emotional and communication skills through free play.
JYC offers a place of safety for vulnerable children, allowing them to fully reap the advantages of play. JYC is a flourishing, much needed service and focuses on supporting the most disadvantaged children & young people to feel safe, build their resilience and improve their well-being. We also provide additional support through our mentoring service, allotment project and family food bank, where struggling families can come to us for weekly food parcels.
Rose Hill is an inner city estate on the SE outskirts of Oxford and is in the 10% most deprived areas of the UK with 52% of children living in poverty. Child poverty on Rose Hill blights childhoods. Growing up in poverty means being cold, going hungry, having a poor diet, not being able to join in activities with friends.
Many of the families we support are stuck in long term food poverty. A turning point for us was in 2012, when 3 little girls attending JYC, started to cry because they were so hungry. This affected us deeply and we vowed to provide hot, nutritious and tasty food at every session from then on, ensuring no child goes away hungry from JYC.
We are passionate about providing food for Rose Hill families - food is always available at our sessions and it is a crucial part of our delivery and method of engagement.