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Bring Back Friday Night Youth Club!

It can be tough growing up in Westminster. St Andrew's Club wants to expand our current provision for this new project - enabling more members to gain experiences and opportunities for only 50p a night. Building motivation, confidence and resilience - crucial life skills.

January 2019 - December 2019

Charity information: St Andrew's Club

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  • Need

    Need

    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.

    Solution

    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.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Run innovative Friday Club to provide a stepping stone between Junior and Senior Clubs


    Activities

    » Engage our current members from 9-13, from 5.30-8.30pm through an inspiring programme of sport, creative and recreational activities
    » Provide a safe place for young people to come and have fun and make friends
    » Use activity feedback from our members to involve them in relevant planning of our programmes
    » Encourage new members to join via our youth workers’ outreach in local schools

    What success will look like

    Monitoring nightly/ annual attendance figures; feedback from members in annual questionnaire; staff monitoring forms at the end of every evening; feedback from staff outreach


    Aim 2

    Encourage oldest Junior Club members to attend Friday nights


    Activities

    » Promote Friday nights with Junior Club members on Monday and Wednesday nights
    » Promote Friday nights with the parents of Junior Club members

    What success will look like

    Monitoring numbers of Junior Club members who join Friday nights; feedback from members in annual questionnaire; feedback from parents of Junior Club members


    Aim 3

    Maintain average attendance between 30-40 members


    Activities

    » Run an inspiring programme of sport, creative and recreational activities

    What success will look like

    Monitoring nightly/ annual attendance figures


  • Impact

    Impact

    This stepping-stone will help younger members transition and provide a fifth night for members already keen. Friday nights will complement the other 4 nights of engagement in positive, enriching activities to develop essential life skills and help prepare for adulthood. We will demonstrate success by monitoring qualitatively and quantitatively achievements and stories of members and former members who have been known to contact us saying how ‘the Andrew’s had saved their life’.

    Risk

    Fundraising is a constant challenge. We have a f/t Development Director, p/t Development Officer, voluntary Fundraising Board and a structured 2018/19 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.

    Reporting

    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

    Budget - Project Cost: £14,513

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,700 Deputy Manager salary 1 Senior Youth Worker @ £15/hr x 4 hrs per week x 45 weeks
      £5,063 Part-time youth workers salary 5 Junior Youth Workers average @ £7.50/hr x 3 hrs per week x 45 weeks
      £2,250 Activity Costs General Club with party game prizes and competitions/ cookery and music production
      £2,250 Activity Costs Food for cooking and feeding
      £1,350 Overheads Cleaning
      £900 Overheads Electricity/Gas
  • Background

    Location

    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 to this area in 1885. Celebrating 152 years, it has featured in countless local children’s lives.

    Beneficiaries

    Around 70% of members live in local social housing estates, averaging a 10 minute walk from the Club with around 30% females. All are welcome irrespective of income, race, creed, gender, sexual orientation or ability.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Voluntary membership of around 700 is consistent. Founded in 1866, the Club has featured in countless local lives delivering quality youth services, keeping pace with changing times to ensure 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 with good youth work practices, policies and procedures.

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    People

    Paul Whittle

    General Manager for the past 33 years, a member since childhood and fully qualified youth worker.

    Adrian Phillips

    Deputy Manager youth worker. A member from 9, with lots of first-hand experience of what the members want and need.

    Sarah Nicholls

    Deputy Manager youth worker. Experienced Teaching Assistant with autism specialism promoting physical, emotional and social development.

    Burcin Tagman

    Deputy Manager youth worker. Experienced youth worker who champions the female membership at the Club.

“St Andrew’s Club has created an amazing legacy. I am passionate about social mobility and organisations like the Club with its stellar reputation across Westminster are highly regarded”.

The Right Worshipful The Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Ian Adams 2017-18