PURBECK YOUTH & COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
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WHO WE ARE
Purbeck Youth & Community Foundation is a charitable organisation and was formed in 2016 by local volunteers in response to Dorset County Council’s appeal for community groups to take over the management of youth centres.
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ONE-TO-ONE AND GROUP SUPPORT
Experienced qualified youth workers
One to one sessions with young
people tailored to their needs and
the impact being sought.
Opportunity for ongoing contact in
a generic youth club setting...
WHAT WE DO
Our aim is to help and support young people in Purbeck. We manage Wareham Youth and Community Centre and run weekly sessions at Corfe Castle and Wool youth clubs. We provide age-related evening sessions at Wareham - plus lunchtime access for students at the adjacent Purbeck School. We also organise one day trips and residential activities. A Duke of Edinburgh Award group meets fortnightly and the local Gateway Club uses our facilities on a weekly basis.
Most importantly our qualified staff support young people's individual needs and when necessary signpost them to further help on a diverse range of issues. We work in partnership with many agencies who regularly use our premises to meet young people in their environment. Our members have highlighted the club as somewhere they feel safe, where they can meet friends and make new friends, relax, enjoy themselves and take advantage of new opportunities.
FUND RAISING OPPORTUNITIES
The Foundation is self-sufficient and our biggest challenge is securing funds to meet our commitments. Our fundraising committee works tirelessly to generate the money needed to provide professional staff; purchase equipment and furniture; and cover the cost of running the premises.
NEWS AND UPDATES
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THANKS TO THE WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF WEAVERS ....
The Purbeck Youth and Community Foundation opened the building in Wareham 1st Sept 2016 and the Youth club commenced.
A grant from the Worshipful Company of Weavers enabled us to employ a Youth and Community lead . Their support again in year two was greatly appreciated - early support was crucial.
Since then we have grown and our thanks page shows who has helped along the way
We remain committed to qualified workers supporting volunteers to provide services for young people. By providing a safe place, contact with others including trusted adults, and activities, we are increasing young people's wellbeing that can impact into adult life.
A huge thank you for believing in us and enabling us to support young people and others in the community .
WHAT ARE WE DOING?
We currently run four lunchtime youth club sessions and one lunchtime session with a CAB worker.
We run three club evenings in Wareham for different ages and clubs in Corfe Castle and Wool one evening a week.
We have taken young carers on a residential break and plan to do this again.
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We have trained young people to be volunteers co running sessions and some went on a young leaders residential course.
Some young members are supporting a club for adults with a learning disability .
We also took other young people on an activity residential.
We are working with Dorset Mind to provide counselling.
The Police play football matches with some older members to offer positive communication.
We have run art and drama therapy groups with Koru .
We have a mural painted by young people with a professional artist .
We provide sexual heath support.
The Safer Schools team give updates on internet safety.
We run a professionals breakfast group.
WHAT DO PEOPLE SAY ABOUT US?
A professional who uses the centre wrote, “The Youth club is a fantastic resource that is greatly valued by its service users, children and professionals a like. I use a room at the Youth Club to offer counselling sessions and there is always a friendly approachable feel’
—Wool Parish Council ‘Thank you so much for all the hard work you have put into running Wool Youth Club, it has been a great success. The Parish Council is delighted with the feedback they have received about the Youth Club.”
The last word is from a young person who sums it up for many —“Coming to youth club has made me a happy person, it makes you feel safe and it’s a place to express your feelings and somewhere to come to be accepted, Youth workers xy have been a massive help on helping me become a bigger and better person”