Thursday nights – more than a youth club
It can be tough growing up in Westminster. St Andrew’s Club’s varied youth programmes and role model youth workers help members develop educationally, socially and personally, learning essential life skills (motivation, confidence, and self-control). All of which are crucial to their life chances.
January 2018 - December 2018
Charity information: St Andrew's Club
Young people in inner-city estates searching for self-respect may become involved in unsafe anti-social behaviour. St Andrew's is the only local community youth club that is not within a housing estate, offering a 'neutral' space. Our consistent annual voluntary membership of c. 700 members is evidence of the great local need, particularly as other local youth centres such as Ebury, Tachbrook or Churchill Gardens reduce their provision or even close down.
In action seven days a week, the Club also run programmes during school holidays. With no religious affiliations, open to all, members pay only a very modest subscription. Thursday nights are for Seniors only offering varied activities delivered by youth workers who are role models, allowing young people to learn essential life skills, to make informed choices about the world they live in and expand their range of experiences they may not otherwise have access to.
Run innovative Thursday Club for 9+ (5.30-10.00pm) with average attendance between 60-80 members.
Activities» Engage our members from 9 to adulthood, through an inspiring programme of sport, creative and recreational activities
» Use our connections with local businesses and regular trips out aim to provide experiences to open the eyes of our members and widen their horizons.
What success will look like
Monitoring annual and nightly attendance figures at the Club; feedback from members in annual questionnaire; staff monitoring forms at the end of every evening
Increase our provision to older members, including those who may be NEET
Activities» Run preventative discussions on issues eg gangs & radicalisation or sexual health, where youth workers interact and informally counsel members
» Encourage members who have been educationally disadvantaged in achieving recognised sporting or youth work qualifications through the Club
» Provide informal educational programmes, eg screen printing or music production courses to learn concentration and soft work-ready skills
» Provide CV guidance and work experience to help members gain confidence and skills to compete for employment
What success will look like
Monitoring the number of members attending preventative workshops with pre/post questionnaires; qualifications, apprenticeship or work experience achieved by members
700 members each year engage in positive, enriching activities which develop their essential life skills and help prepare them for adulthood. All of which are crucial to the life chances of young people. We will demonstrate the success of this project by monitoring qualitatively and quantitatively the achievements and stories of our members and former members who have been known to contact us saying how ‘the Andrew’s had saved their life’.
Fundraising is a constant challenge. We have a f/t Development Director, p/t Development Officer, voluntary Fundraising Board and a structured 2017/18 income generation plan to engage with key funders and develop new income streams: major gifts, local businesses and individuals; events and 3rd party fundraising events to generate sponsorship income.
Child Safeguarding is another potential risk. All staff are regularly trained on child protection issues and our policy is reviewed annually.
Donors receive a newsletter 3 times/year reporting on activities and achievements, and occasional e-newsletters. All can tour the Club with the Club Manager/Trustee. Donors are invited to an annual reception. Further formal reports and annual accounts can be produced and sent on request.
Budget - Project Cost: £20,952Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £10,080 Deputy Manager salaries Adrian & Sarah senior youth workers supervising Thursday evenings £2,160 Fitness Coach salary Tom who supervises the gym allowing the 14 year olds to work out too £6,912 Part-time Youth Workers Salaries for Steph, Emily, Hamza and David running specific activities £1,800 Outside speakers 12 sessions of preventative workshops @ £150
The Club is nearby to Westminster Abbey, in St James’s ward, of which 17% is in The Index of Multiple Deprivation top 5% most deprived in England. The Child Poverty Action Group shows Westminster is a London borough with high child poverty rates at 39%. Over 20% of children in low income households can’t afford to have friends round for tea/snack, or afford a hobby/leisure activity. The Club moved from Soho to this area in 1885 and has featured in countless local young people’s lives.
Around 70% of members live in local social housing estates, averaging a 10 minute walk from the Club. Senior Club has an average attendance of 60-80 members each night, with around 30% females. All are welcome irrespective of income, race, creed, gender, sexual orientation or ability.
Attendance is voluntary. Members choose to come and return. Our membership is consistently high as members feel an important sense of belonging. Over 150 years we have delivered quality youth services, keeping pace with changing times to ensure our relevance and providing building blocks for good citizenship. In 2016 we received the London Youth Bronze City & Guilds Quality Mark, demonstrating that we meet legal requirements and have good youth work practices, policies and procedures.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
General Manager for the past 32 years, a member since childhood and fully qualified youth worker
Youth worker at the Club since he was 16. A member from 9, with lots of first-hand experience of what the members want and need.
Experienced Teaching Assistant with autism specialism promoting physical, emotional and social development, particularly through art
An experienced youth worker who particularly champions the female membership at the Club
will help pay for a young person to benefit from a year’s membership at the Club
“I can’t imagine how many lives St Andrew’s Club has changed in the course of 150 years.”