Our Aims …
The Lounge youth project aims to provide direction and support to young people in the community of Alvechurch and to reduce participation in anti-social behaviour.
We believe it is important for young people to have a safe place to meet, be taken seriously and have fun. When children belong to a youth club, they gain a strong sense of who they are as a person.
Where we’re at …
We’ve made great progress recently – refreshing our youth offer and quadrupling attendance at youth nights. Today the sessions are led by a trained youth worker and assisted by a pool of volunteers. Sessions are held in blocks of ages, so as to provide age appropriate activities. As well as ensuring that the younger children are separated from their older peers who may not always behave in a manner suitable for their age group, it also allows the youth workers to discuss matters that are not suitable for the younger groups, or are simply not relevant.
Youth sessions …
Youth diner runs every Tuesday and Thursday during term time from 3.30 – 5.00pm. The session cost is £1.50 and includes a milkshake and a toastie.
Youth group runs every Tuesday and Thursday during term time from 6.00 – 8.00pm. The session cost is £2.00 and includes organised crafts, activities and games.
The youth work can consist simply as casual drop in sessions where the kids come in, have a chat and hang about with their friends in a safe space, or a more structured programme of activities such as money management. Previous projects have included the delivery of a media qualification.
In addition to The Lounge, we may use other facilities where deemed more suitable, such as the Meadows, a large local park, where outdoor activities take place in the summer. We also partner up, where possible with other local groups and venues such as the local football and cricket club.
We are proud of what has been achieved, thanks to the hard work of everyone involved as well as the kind and generous support we receive from the public, Parish Council and businesses in and around our villages.