Project information

The Weekender - HAY's Weekend Club

To build on the weekday provision of HAY and provide weekend recreational and educational activities for young people aged 13-19. The provision will engage 'hard to reach' young people in positive activities that socially and practically educate. Youth engagement usually ends on a Friday.

January 2015 - December 2015

Charity information: Hounslow Action for Youth Association (HAY)

Hounslow Action for Youth Association (HAY)
  • Need

    Need

    There are high incidences of anti-social behaviour in the area and this is compounded by a lack of weekend youth provision. Many local young people have behavioural & learning difficulties and are easily distracted and led by peers into disruptive and criminal actions. The prevalence of drugs and ease of access, also leads to increased anti-social and criminal behaviour, mental and physical health issues and raises a negative profile of young people in the area amongst older community members.

    Solution

    The provision will engage young people in a variety of positive activities that divert from anti-social behaviour and produce social and practical opportunities for informal learning. Extended youth engagement will reduce the opportunity for, and incidences of, anti-social behaviour. Young people will be better equipped to live in a consensual community through social learning opportunities and achieve enhanced economic independence because of their participation in practical skills sessions.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reduce the incidences of anti-social and criminal behaviour.

    Activities

    » To run permanent youth club sessions on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday that engage young people in positive social and recreational activity.
    » To provide residential outdoor activities that remove young people from possibly negative influences of family and peers.
    » To provide access to advice, guidance, support and counselling services.
    » To provide outreach and detached services in local recreational areas on a Sunday to engage local young people and their families in the Centre.

    We will have a permanent and effective programme of youth engagement at weekends that builds upon the work of our weekday provision for this age group.


    Aim 2

    To engage young people in practical skills acquisition.

    Activities

    » To provide residential outdoor activities that remove young people from possibly negative influences of family and peers.
    » To signpost young people to external referral services.
    » To provide opportunities that enable young people to enhance their own economic well-being through instruction of basic home DIY skills.
    » To provide voluntary activity opportunities for young people in accredited areas.

    There will be increased attendance at all centre based recreational, practical, social and health awareness sessions which will help to develop the young people's skill base.


    Aim 3

    To equip young people so that they are able to contribute to a consensual community.

    Activities

    » To provide residential outdoor activities that remove young people from possibly negative influences of family and peers.
    » To provide access to advice, guidance, support and counselling services.
    » To provide opportunities that enable young people to enhance their own economic well-being through instruction of basic home DIY skills
    » To provide voluntary activity opportunities for young people in accredited areas.

    There will be a decrease in anti-social behaviour and young people will be able to engage in safe and reasoned interactions with their peers and other community members.


  • Impact

    Impact

    The provision will raise a more positive profile of young people and reduce tensions with older community members. The provision will be available at times when other services have closed down and be able to offer continuous services at times when help and support is limited. Young people will have a wider choice of educational options for future because they will have acquired practical skills that they can build upon as an option for future employment and to improve their own well-being.

    Risk

    Young people need stability and one of the main risk factor is that provision is fragmented due to funding issues. We are seeking funding from a variety of sources. Another risk is the quality of staff, staff need to be multi skilled so that we can deliver the project with maximised efficiency. We have tailored the plan to be able to signpost professional external agencies by building a local provisions database to which internal staff can refer.

    Reporting

    We will produce our own progress and evaluation reports at regular intervals for donors. These reports will entail both qualitative as well as quantitative data. We will invite donors to the Hanworth Centre to visit the activities in progress and meet the young people.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,960 Camping Trips 6 camping trips for 8 young people
      £3,180 Days Out 12 days out for 8 young people in London
      £5,580 DIY Workshops 60 workshops (1 hour)
      £6,280 Outreach Sessions 48 sessions
  • Background

    Location

    The project will be run from the Hanworth Centre which is based in the west of Hounslow. It is in the 10% most deprived wards nationally in terms of income levels, crime, barriers to housing and other services, and education, skills and training. The Hanworth area faces entrenched and complex challenges, which impacts on the young people and the families we work with. We work with a number of young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and many are known to the criminal justice system.

    Beneficiaries

    The activities and provision will directly benefit local young people as well as young people from the wider area of Hounslow. The project will also benefit families and other local community members. There would be efficiency saving from the project as fewer statutory intervention services would be needed. The project will compliment the range of services HAY currently provides at the Hanworth Centre for children and young people aged 2 - 19, who may be siblings of the young people identified.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    HAY has a proven track record in youth and community services within Hounslow. It has operated from the Hanworth Centre for the past 14 years and is established within the local community. It has close links and networks within the local authority and also other charitable agencies that would be included in the provision delivery. HAY delivers a wide range of youth services and as such is a valuable information source that allows HAY to deliver more proactive rather than reactive services.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    John Hepple

    John is an experienced youth and community worker who is currently piloting sessions on a Friday and Saturday night.