This project aims to widen young peoples experiences, challenge their perceptions and help them address personal issues at a sometimes difficult and stressful stage of their life.
Donations from crowdfunding will help the Purbeck Youth & Community Foundation to introduce the following and so build on our work at Wareham Youth Centre over the past five months:
- Supporting activities for young carers
- Mixed generation sessions that bring together young people with community organisations and residents with the aim of working and learning together and sharing skills and experiences. For example, unravelling social media and the use of smart phones and tablets, practical art and photography sessions, karaoke evening, basic computer skills, sharing life stories, exercise class.
- Training for young people to work with their peers and support youth club activities.
- Confidential support, advice and counselling for young people during Youth Centre lunchtime sessions. This is particularly important for young people living in rural Purbeck who, without public transport, cannot attend the evening sessions.
The Foundation is a charity set up in 2016 by local volunteers to secure the future of Wareham Youth Centre for the young people of Purbeck. We are totally self-funded and local, regional and national organisations have donated financial support that has enabled us in the short term to provide club activities for young people in Purbeck.
Since last September nearly 400 young people have been attending one or more of our age-related lunchtime and evening sessions and a number of organisations are using the Centre for education and recreation activities. Our part-time youth worker also supports Bovington, Corfe Castle and Wool youth clubs and young people from these communities - plus Swanage - make use of Wareham Youth Centre during their lunch breaks at the adjacent Purbeck School.
Our fund-raising team is looking continually for new opportunities to secure new income, not only to maintain our normal service but also to provide new furniture, equipment and decorations. The Centre is a valuable community asset and we promote and encourage wider use of our facilities by local residents and businesses.