4 October 2013

Volunteers needed at Hoo Youth Club!

News from Medway Youth Service Detached Team:

Volunteers are needed:  To support a junior youth session for 10-13 year olds on Wednesday evenings. To support the senior youth session for 13-19 year olds on Wednesday evenings. To support a football project for an hour on Monday nights. To be a funding finder for Hoo Youth Project. Read on for details.

We have had lots going on over the summer, in both Hoo and Chattenden. Young people have enjoyed trips to Thorpe Park, Go-Karting and Paintball, as well as free workshops in street dance, music production, cake decorating, jewellery workshops, ceramic painting, circus skills and sports activities - about 30 young people from Chattenden and Hoo have gained an AQA in some of these workshops. We ended the summer, in both villages, with inflatable fun and a BBQ - more than 80 young people attended.

The Youth Club had a stall at Hoo village fun day in July and we would like to thank all those who attended and those who donated prizes for our raffle and tombola. We raised over £70 for the Youth Club.

The original funding that young people applied for back in 2006, to set up Hoo Youth Club, is coming to an end. If any local businesses or individuals would like to support this cause, contact Lindsay Hartney on 07795 236289 or email here.

Hoo Youth Club currently runs on a Wednesday night throughout the year, from 7.15pm to 9.15pm for 12-19 year olds at the Jubilee Hall, Pottery Road. We are always looking for volunteers for the Youth Club, as the original idea was to have a Youth Club run by the community.

Another emerging idea is to separate the age groups and run an earlier session for 10-13 year olds from 5.30pm to 7pm on Wednesday evenings, but volunteers are needed to support this initiative. We need at least three people to volunteer before we can open this session. Contact Lindsay Hartney on 07795 236289 or email here.

From discussions with the young people of Hoo, they would like us to bring back the football project that we used to run on Monday nights at Hoo School, for an hour. One volunteer has expressed an interest in helping to run this project and discussions are now taking place with Hoo Academy to see if it will be acceptable to use the astro turf again. Ideally, another volunteer is needed to help, especially someone with a keen interest in football. If anyone is interested contact Lindsay Hartney on 07795 236289 or email here.

A Youth Club also runs at Chattenden, at the Community Centre, Swinton Avenue on Monday evenings from 6.15pm to 8.30pm, for ages 12-19. For more information contact, Gemma Matten on 07534174351 or email here.

Young people who attend both youth clubs can work with youth workers around any issues which may concern them, such as improving the local area, creating a CV, or any personal issues. They can also engage in positive activities such as cookery, music, Xbox, pool, table tennis and arts and crafts and take part in AQAs.

If you know any young people aged 11-19 who might be interested in FREE cookery, music or motorbike mechanics courses - Medway Youth Service will run a series of courses across Medway. Register your interest by visiting the dedicated website, or by emailing here.