Project information

Fantastic Youth Centre

We develop fun and accessible opportunities for young people aged 8-21. We are open, free of charge, Monday to Friday 4pm - 9pm. We provide a range of inspiring activities including, but not limited to, sport and fitness sessions, contemporary cuisine, filmmaking and artistic development.

January 2017 - June 2017

Charity information

Caius House

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  • Need


    Young people who are members of Caius House and live locally need positive activities which are accessible and safe. Often our members, particularly if they live on certain estates, are perceived negatively which can lead to low self esteem so we are trying to reverse that. We aim to unlock the potential inherent in every young person, whatever their socio-economic background. It is vital that young people can access our high quality facilities and be supported to achieve their goals.


    We provide membership to young people free of charge. We know that cost is a barrier to involvement in positive activities such as sport or the arts. Young people can shape the activities on offer and demand is high.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide opportunities to take part in activities such as boxing, filmmaking, cooking and drama.


    » We will run fitness sessions in the boxing ring
    » Filmmaking sessions will be available
    » We will provide opportunities to cook in our well equipped kitchen
    » We will provide drama workshops

    We will keep a track of numbers participating in sessions and we will seek feedback to evaluate the success of the activity.

  • Impact


    We expect that the young people involved will have greater self confidence as a result of being a member of Caius House and taking part in activities. We will track progress of participants to ensure that we are meeting our aims.


    Caius House operates as a drop in and currently has over 1,000 members aged 8-21. We average 400 visits per week. We may need to increase the number of sessional staff at short notice. We need to maintain safe ratios of adults to children so although it is difficult to turn children away it is possible that we would have to if we were not sufficiently staffed to meet demand. We will also actively seek volunteers to assist with the provision in accordance with our child protection policy.


    We will thank all donors and offer to add them to our mailing list. We will produce a summer provision report and we are happy to discuss the bespoke requirements of major donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,200 Cooking sessions Providing opportunities for young people to cook in the Caius House kitchen
      £3,800 Media workshops Staffing of media room to ensure young people can use the computers to create digital work
      £3,000 Fitness sessions Ensuring that young people have a trainer to advise on working in the gym and run fitness sessions
      £1,000 Management and overheads Ensuring all activity in line with policy and contribution to cost of building (light, heat etc)
  • Background


    We are on Holman Rd in Battersea among estates which have high numbers of young people and high levels of poverty and disadvantage. Although there is much regeneration in the area and Wandsworth has pockets of affluence it also has areas of deprivation with poor health and educational outcomes. There is also a growing problem of in-work poverty and the housing costs locally mean that families find the cost of activities for their children prohibitive and have to work long hours.


    This project will directly benefit members of Caius House (currently over 1,000) many of whom are disadvantaged economically or socially. In the immediate area child poverty is 24% and social housing is 22% and we know from current provision that many live in an area of high deprivation. Wandsworth also has a growing problem with childhood obesity so it is important that the young people who come to Caius learn about nutrition and cooking skills in our kitchen.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Caius House is a charity and youth club that has been working in Battersea for over a century. We have a state-of-the-art building on our original site which has fantastic facilities including a music studio, dance hall, well equipped kitchen, sports hall and media room. We know that there is demand to provide sports and arts activities in response to young people's priorities.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tameeka Smith

    Tameeka Smith has a strong track record in inclusion work within schools and is the Director at Caius House who will ensure this project is successful

“Caius House has so many opportunities, it’s an amazing place so use it as much as you can.”

Caius House member aged 19