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The Old Library Youth Club
Our integrated youth club is free and open to young people with or without learning disabilities and Autism. Our Big Idea is to provide a service which supports all young people to achieve their aspirations regardless of their needs and abilities.
April 2017 - March 2019
Charity information: Lambeth Elfrida Rathbone Society
The project is trying to support young people who are facing the dilemma's of growing up in inner-city London. Many of the young people we support come from single parent families and have experienced early-life disadvantages. Too many disillusioned young people are being drawn into gang and drugs activities and damaging their future life potential.
We are trying to offset these challenges by offering targeted activities to engage with local young people. Our youth work interventions aim to increase self esteem, personal resilience and encourage aspirations. We are building a youth club environment in which young people can come along and fee safe, respected and valued.
Young people will have better career prospects.
Activities» Accredited media, sport and arts programmes Homework assistance Youth Leadership programme Employability workshops Volunteering opportunities
What success will look like
More accreditation's and qualifications achieved
Improved school achievement
Enhanced employability skills
More attainable aspirations
Young people with have improved physical and mental health management
Activities» Life skills and coaching sessions Health and well-being courses Trips and residential activities
What success will look like
Improved self esteem
Improved emotional resilience
Improved decision making skills
Young people will have increased independent living skills
Activities» Life skills learning such as cooking, money management etc Health and well-being courses Learning how to stay safe
What success will look like
Improved knowledge of how to stay safe
Increased understanding of self management
Better financial and money management skills
Our long term aim is 'All young people are able to make informed choices that enable them to reach their individual potential and lead fulfilling lives'. We demonstrate this by monitoring, so we know how many young people are using our services, how often and for how long.
We evaluate our work by talking to the young people, find out what they enjoy, what works for them and why. We use an electronic reporting system which tracks the outputs and outcomes of the projects and produces reports.
The major risks to the success of the projects are financial. We need to maintain a sustainable income to ensure that we can meet the costs of the project. The highest costs we face are paying the staff and the upkeep of our building.
We are continually trying to find new ways of diversifying our income. We are making good use of great volunteers where we can. We are working in partnership with lots of other local groups to save or share costs and resources and to avoid duplication of work.
We will report to donors through a monthly update email detailing our achievements, successes, challenges and setbacks. We also encourage the beneficiaries of all of our projects to produce regular 'blogs' which are posted on our website. We also encourage donors to follow us on social media.
Budget - Project Cost: £25,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £14,000 Wages Wages for youth workers £6,000 Building Rates, Repairs, Heat & Light £3,000 Activities Activity and materials £2,000 Admin Insurance, Office costs
The project is based in the beautiful Old Library building in West Norwood, Lambeth, London.
Norwood is made up of 3 wards: Gipsy Hill, Knights Hill and Thurlow Park.
Norwood has a total population of just over 42,000 which is 14% of the population of Lambeth. There are almost 7,500 young people aged 5 to 19 years living within the Norwood locality;16% of Lambeth’s population in this age group.
Our service is targeted at mainstream young people from the Norwood catchment area aged between 11 and 19.
However, because we offer a unique specialist service to young people with learning disabilities and Autism, we enable attendance by this group from the whole of Lambeth. For the most vulnerable people in this group, we provide supported transport.
On an average week, 75 young people attend the club. About 30% of these young people will have learning disabilities and Autism.
Our charity was established 49 years ago and at the time it's primary aim was to provide activities to teenagers with learning disabilities. Although the charity has diversified over the years and now provides a number of services, we have maintained this core service and recently expanded to include mainstream young people. We have significant understanding and expertise in supporting young people to develop and achieve. We have recently been shortlised for a CYP Now youth work award.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Chief Executive. Andrew has worked for the charity for 20 years and has long term experience of providing services in Norwood and Lambeth.
Youth Service Manager Charline has worked in youth services with mainstream young people and those with learning disabilities and Autism for 17 years.
Will pay for 1 youth worker for 1 youth club session.
I like to see my friends at youth club. I have become more confident and worry less about what people think of me because of the youth club. The youth club has taught me that everyone is different and we should accept that. The youth club also gives me space to hang out with friends.