Project information

St Andrew's Club Christmas Challenge 2014

Children and young people are constantly at risk of outside influence that are detrimental to their safety and well-being.

Our youth club offers an inspiring programme of sport, creative and recreational activities which empower our members to become capable, confident young adults.

July 2014 - December 2014

Charity information: St Andrew's Club

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  • Need

    Need

    St Andrew's is an integral part of the community in which it is housed. Our local, young people have remarkable talents and potential. We engage them in positive activities, steering them away from anti-social behaviour. We offer a safe, stable and appealing environment where our members can meet and channel their energies into positive activities.

    In addition, they are making use of their time which is having a positive impact on their mental and physical wellbeing.

    Solution

    We believe in the approach that prevention is better than cure - we offer a safe and supportive environment and aim to do right by our members to help them help themselves and others. We aim to develop the knowledge, attitude and skills of each young person to enable them to make informed choices about the world in which they live and to expand their experiences, to produce a sense of responsible citizenship and well-being.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Look at innovative ways to connect with its members to become capable and confident young adults.

    Activities

    » Engage our members from, from the ages 5 to 19, through an inspiring programme of sport, creative and recreational activities

    Feedback from our members regarding our activities is encouraged to involve them in planning of our programme.


    Aim 2

    Increase our provision to older members who are classed as NEET

    Activities

    » Support our young people with education, training, employment prospects, assisting with grants and CVs.

    Qualitative monitoring of the number of our young people who move into higher education or employment and not just 'dropping out' of society or getting into trouble with police.


    Aim 3

    To consistently reach a wide section of the local community and maintain our 800 membership target.

    Activities

    » Achieve this through a combination of marketing sustained monitoring or equal opportunities data, and ensuring that projects are accessible to all.

    We will keep a register of nightly attendance and regularly monitor and evaluate the success of our projects level of attendance.


    Aim 4

    To provide top-quality youth work to promote our members personal and social development.

    Activities

    » Our youth workers will be trained to have high regard for all aspects of children and young people well-being.

    Our youth workers to teach specific activities to ensure that our members receive a high standard of training and care. All staff our regularly trained on child protection issues.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Young people engage in positive activities which develop their emotional, educational and social development. This will expand their experiences which will enable to have a healthy adulthood.

    We will demonstrate our success by:
    Monitoring annual attendance figures at the Club
    Monitoring the education and career paths chosen by our members
    Feedback from social services, police re 'at risk' children and families who been helped by the Club's service
    Feedback from members

    Risk

    Fundraising remains a constant challenge. We lost our core grant from Westminster City Council and the loss of a long term tenant has left us with a shortfall of 20%.

    By growing our voluntary income and creating a volunteer Development Board to assist and have recruited a P/T fundraising assistant to help increase fundraising activity.

    Child Safeguarding is another potential risk.

    All staff are regularly trained on child protections issues and our policy is reviewed annually

    Reporting

    Donors will receive a bi-annual newsletter reporting on activity, and emails up dating on major news. All will be invited to tour the Club with the Manager/Trustee. We will also invite our donors to our annual reception.

    Further formal report and annual accounts can be produced and sent.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,000 Snowcamp Funds a years training at Snowcamp for up to 10 members
      £18,000 Summer Term Programmes After school programme from Easter & Summer Camp keeping youngsters happy, busy, and safe
  • Background

    Location

    The Club is housed in an area of considerable deprivation, hidden between Westminster Abbey and the Home Office, but in a neighbourhood classified as one of the top 15% most deprived in the country.

    St Andrew's Club seeks to provide a safe, welcoming and active environment providing positive alternatives for vulnerable young people who may be at risk from activities that are detrimental to their safety.

    Beneficiaries

    79% of members live in social housing classed as the most 15% deprived nationally. We are the only Club in the area that isn't situated within a housing estate, offering a 'neutral' environment to local young residents, may of whom are intimidated to enter estates that they do not live in. We have over 800 members, aged between 5-19 years, and welcome 60-120 nightly. 51% of members come from BME backgrounds.

    St Andrew's has been a much needed resource in south Westminster for 148 years.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Members choose to come to St Andrew's, attendance is voluntary and members return regularly. Our membership is consistently high because our members feel an important sense of belonging, which indicates how successful we are meeting the needs of local children and young people.

    Feedback from members, parents, local schools, Police, social services and the WCC reaffirms the need for St Andrew's Club. We work with our stake holders to ensure best practice and effectiveness in our work.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Paul Whittle

    General Manager, who has been in the role for 29 years and is recognised as a leading youth work expert.

    John Stanghon

    John runs our Junior Club & is responsible for the smooth transition of all children from finishing Junior Club. He was also a member and joined at 8

    Brenda Hawes

    Brenda is our longest serving volunteer and is responsible for greeting, registering members to the Club. She also fundraises on behalf of the Club.

£500

Funds activities for one member for one year