YMCA London South West is taking over the management of two youth clubs in Kingston on Wednesday 1 November: YMCA Dickerage Lane and Kingsnympton Youth Club, which will be sub-contracted to Kingston-based Christian youth charity Oxygen. We’ll be working closely with Achieving for Children to ensure that the facilities can continue to meet local need and remain vibrant, safe places for young people to go.
There will be a Community Open Day on Friday 27 October, 12.30pm-4pm at YMCA Dickerage Lane for local people to come along and see how they would like to assist in a community effort to spruce up the facility. Free lunch will be provided in return for the completion of a short survey to assess what the community would like to see at the site.
The youth clubs were formally managed by Achieving for Children, and have been taken on by YMCA London South West as it has a wide and diverse reach across Kingston with its youth and community activities, as well as an active volunteering scheme to encourage local people to get involved. As an organisation its core vision is to give young lives space and support to flourish, through the provision of leading children’s services.
Richard James, YMCA London South West Chief Executive says: “I’m excited about our new youth ventures and how we can include them into our YMCA family, growing stronger in our local communities. It’s one of our core values to meet people at their point of need and to come to know life in all its fullness, and our expertise in youth work will mean we can achieve great things in Kingston and Hampton for young people.”
The youth clubs will provide a safe and engaging programme of activities which support young people aged 11-18 to express themselves and build relationships with each other and with the staff team.
YMCA LSW runs a varied programme of activities for young people across South West, South and East London, as well as working in partnership with MTV youth club in Hampton and the youth project at Surbiton New Life Church. It also offers residential trips for young carers and liaises closely with Oxygen. YMCA LSW is committed to helping young people and one of its beliefs is that every family should have the support they need to develop and lead more fulfilling lives. The new youth clubs will be supported in the work they do by the other centres in the community managed by YMCA LSW, which are YMCA Hawker in Kingston and YMCA White House in Hampton.