Bill Ulyett, chairman of trustees at The Lounge youth project and cafe in Alvechurch, explains how villagers can help out.

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After the crisis meeting over the future of The Lounge some 18 months ago, we want to keep the village up to date with our activities, and particularly to explain how others could get involved and ensure it has a bright future.

There has been plenty going on: over the summer, young people have planned and been on trips to Ragley Hall, Drayton Manor theme park and the cinema in Redditch.

There have been sessions on money management to promote financial awareness and, as ever, a busy schedule of after-school youth activities.

We are planning three other special events during the autumn session that the young people have requested.

We are proud to report that a large number of young people take part in youth activities, and numbers keep steadily increasing. But resources are stretched – and to keep on delivering activities in a fun and engaging way we need more volunteers to help at youth club evenings.

You will have seen some works going on to improve the shopping precinct where we are based, and in the very near future the landlords will be working on the frontages.

While this gives us a chance to rethink the layout, there will be an inevitable increase in costs that we will need to pay for.

So how can you help The Lounge?

* Be part of an awesome team! Currently there is great pressure on a very small number of volunteers who are keeping the management, youth and café services going. We are keen to hear from people who wish to do the following:

* Be a Trustee: ensure the health and growth of the Lounge!

* Be on the Management Committee: offer your expertise in finance, interior design, digital media, marketing.

* Be a youth volunteer: support young people who come down in the evenings to socialise and have fun in a safe environment

* Volunteer in the café: Meet new friends, tidy the kitchen and learn how to make great coffee!

If you think that you might be able to support us, here are a few questions that usually come up:

How much time do I need to put into volunteering?

It varies from sparing a few hours occasionally, to three to four hours a week for some roles. Some roles are on a “rota” basis, so don’t require a weekly commitment.

Most of our current volunteers have other commitments such as caring or full-time work.

Do I need to be CRB checked? 

No – all our youth leaders are, but it’s not necessary for volunteering.

Can I volunteer as part of my DofE activity? 

Yes, we have had great support in the past on the youth work and we would like to expand this to cover such things as digital media. 

If you think that you can help us maintain The Lounge for the future, and could volunteer, you can either pop into The Lounge, visit our Facebook page or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., where we would be more than happy to talk and ensure that The Lounge has a bright future.


Republished with kind permission of the Village Magazine

Picnic In The Park ImageWe would like to say a big thank you to all that supported us at the recent Picnic In The Park.

It was a fantasic day with amazing entries for the Bake Off all of which help bump up the money raised.

The Youth provided a some messy fun with their slime stand and the phot booth provided a popular hit.

Our volunteers did us proud with their hard work throughout the entire event, selling food and drinks, to a very apprecitive public.

All the money raised will go back into our youth and community work, helping make the Alvechurch parish a truly wonderful place to live.

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Once again we are holding The Lounge Bake Off.

Everyone is encouraged to enter their bakes for this years Great Lounge Bake Off, taking place at the Picnic in the Park on May 28th!

You can enter in three different categories – Best Overall Cake, Best Decorated and Best Taste. There is also a separate category for best Junior Baker (up to 16yrs).

We appreciate whatever home-baked goodies you can make; so cakes, biscuits or cupcakes are welcome.

It is free to enter, just turn up on the day between 10.00am and 12.00 noon and bring your bake to the Lounge tent - where we will register you and also be selling tea & coffee.

There are prizes for the winners from each category, which will be announced during the afternoon. We will also sell off the cakes to raise extra funds for youth at the Lounge.

Please bring a cake - even if you don't wish to enter - we really appreciate any cakes or biscuits to sell.

All the money from the cakes you bake support the Lounge. Thanks to the sale of drinks and everyone's baking efforts last year we raised over £1,000 for the Lounge.

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Many of you will be aware that several candidates for the forthcoming elections are mentioning The Lounge in their promotional literature.

We would like to state that although some of the candidates have been either directly or indirectly in supporting The Lounge, we feel it is right that we make it clear that we, as an inclusive charity, do not endorse any of the candidates in the June elections. Any expressions of support from any members of The Lounge, either paid staff of volunteers, is purely their own opinion and not that of ACT or The Lounge

Did you know you can buy loaf of bread AND support the Lounge? How easy is that?

We have just received some fantastic news: The Lounge has been chosen to receive funding from Co-op Local Community Fund. This means that for the next 6 months every time you buy Co op branded product and service, from buying a loaf of bread to planning a funeral, 1% of your spend could go to supporting The Lounge. 
But this will only happen if you:
 1. Become a Co‑op member, if you aren't already. Go into the store or go online to make your application and get your card.
2. Select the Lounge (Alvechurch Communities Together) cause by signing into your online account.
Supporting The Lounge couldn't be easier! Did you know it costs £24,000 a year to run the Lounge and 100’s of hours of volunteer time? If every person in the village bought a loaf of Co op bread, every week, for the next 6 months, that would cover our running costs for a year! Without community support such as the Co op Fund, we simply would not exist.
The Lounge wishes to say a huge thank you to all its supporters and volunteers. This new funding from the Co op highlights the great work that they do to support many local causes.

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