New Website Live
It's here, the new website!
The new website has finally arrived, a little later than hoped, but we hope you like it. All the content from the old one has been carried across and this one will be updated to bring it up to date over the next couple of weeks.
Other than "boring" technical reasons to perform the update, the new website will workmuch better on mobiles, tablets and modern browsers.
We've gone for a more simplified design, making it easier to find your way around, cutting out much of the things that didn't focus on the core principles of the charity. We've added a Facebook feed for those of you that don't have accounts and for those of you that do, you'll find it easier to go back over past posts.
The site is still a little bit of an "in progress" update, so please feel free to let us know, via the contact form, if you come across any bugs, or errors on the pages, as we may of missed them.
As always we'd like to thank you for the ongoing support and look forward to hearing from you.
Children's Nearly New Sale
We are holding a nearly new sale on the 14th of November.
Between 2pm and 4pm on the 19th of November, we will be holding a nearly new sale of children's clothes, books and toys, with all proceeds going to the youth work, at The Lounge. If you have any good condition items you would like to donate, please feel free to drop them off at The Lounge on the morning of the 14th as we don't have the storage space to put them.
Feel free to drop into the Lounge and grab yourself a bargain in time for Christmas.
Welcome Dean - Our New Youth Worker
We would like to Introduce Dean, our new youth worker.
Dean Morgan our new Lead Youth Worker has now been appointed. Dean has extensive experience in providing support and guidance to young people, dealing with contemporary issues such as gang culture, bullying, bereavement, unemployment, etc. Some excellent examples of Dean’s previous youth work include alternative education projects, performing arts projects and creative media projects (music, short films, Web design & social media) and sports programmes.
Sally Meredith from Alvechurch Communities Together (ACT), the charity behind The Lounge and its youth work commented: “We are really thrilled to have appointed someone with as much experience and creative ability to work with the young people of our Parish. Dean, a BSc (honours) graduate, is an extremely experienced youth worker with over 22 years experience of working with young people in a variety of settings including centre based projects, residential projects and holiday programmes.
Dean outlined his aims for the new role “I am absolutely thrilled to have started my new role as lead youth worker at the Lounge, and to have the opportunity to work with the young people of Alvechurch. Through this role I hope to provide opportunities for young people to shape their own futures and enable them to become valued active members of the local community. My first month in post is focussed on relaunching the Thursday drop-in youth clubs which now run from 4:30-6:30pm for young people aged 11 to 13; and 7-9pm for young people aged 14+, both of which take place at The Lounge.
“To enable The Lounge to provide a wider range of services (including more youth club nights) for young people, part of my role will be to assist in the ongoing recruitment, training and development of a team of volunteers to assist in delivery of the youth work programme and other roles within the project. So dear reader I can’t put this more plainly, ‘I need your help’. If you have any spare time to give, a particular skill or talent; or maybe your just interested in learning what it’s like to work with young people; if you have an idea for a project or a way to raise funds, then please don’t hesitate to pick up the phone or drop us a line and get in touch with Sally Meredith or myself, we’re always more than happy to hear from you.”
Knit And Natter Sale
Celebrity Knit And Natter Raffle
The ladies from the regular Knit and Natter afternoons have been busy beavering away making some wonderful creations to help fund the youth work at The Lounge. Between the 22nd and the 29th of November you will be able to buy tickets for the raffle along with many items the group has made with the final draw being performed by TV and Radio presenter Joanne Malin at the Lounge on the 29th.
If you are interested in Joining the Knit And Natter group, they are always open to new participants, regardless of ability. The group runs on alternate Mondays, the next two being the 10th of November and the 24th of November
Bird of Prey Demonstration
Alvechurch Village Society and The Lounge are hosting a bird of prey evening
AVS in conjunction with The Lounge will be hosting a family night out at Alvechurch Village Hall on October 22nd at 7:30pm where you will have chance to interact with a variety of these incredible animals.
Tickets cost £2 or £1 if you are an AVS member. Children can enter for free.