Let me introduce myself. My name is Ben Hayday and I’m the Vice Chair of the Corsham Youth Zone Management Group. I thought it might be beneficial to you all if I introduced this new organisation and myself.
Corsham Youth Zone is a youth club, set up by members of the community back in February this year to provide a safe and enriching space for the young adults (11 – 18 year olds) in the Corsham area. Open every Friday evening from 18:30 until 20:30, we are based at the Springfield Campus in the Tippett Room – where we are lucky enough to have use of the all weather pitch and the other amenities on offer.
Back when the new campus was being designed, the Tippett Room was heavily influenced by young people in the hope that it would become the base for a youth club. Thanks to this forward thinking, we are very lucky to have such a functional layout. There are comfy chairs, a sound system, a kitchenette, and immediate access to the outdoor sporting facilities.
Although our doors have only been open for a few months, we have managed to acquire an ever-expanding breadth of activities and equipment which we make available every week. Among them: pool tables, air hockey, arts and crafts materials, sports equipment, video games and consoles. Our ethos is to encourage the young people to decide which activities they would like to see made available; which is further supported by having 3 young people as members of the Management Group.
At present, our funding has come from the Corsham Community Area Board and Town Council grants but we ask for a contribution of £1 an evening from the Youth Zone members. At each session, we need at least 5 adults present to supervise and make sure everything is running smoothly. We have one member of paid staff each week, but other than that, we rely heavily on volunteers.
As a community organisation, we feel privileged to work with some outstanding young individuals to whom we can give great opportunities. We encourage those who use the club to be involved in new activities and also in the community that they live in. Even at this early stage, Corsham’s police sergeant has recognised the role the Youth Zone’ has had on improving the behaviour and relationship between young people and others at the Springfield Campus.
I hope that now you have some kind of idea who we are and what we do; so we’d like to get to know you. There are a couple of key ways you can be involved in the Corsham Youth Zone:
1. We’re looking for volunteers to supervise but also to have fun with the young people. There would be no obligation to volunteer every week – it could be fortnightly, monthly or more ad hoc – but the more volunteers we have, the more flexible we can become. Training will be provided.
2. We’re also looking for new members of the Management Group. These are volunteers who attend meetings to oversee the progress of the Youth Zone, ensure the correct procedures are in place and secure the appropriate funding. This is an excellent opportunity to be involved with the organisation without being as hands-on. (We are also currently looking for a Secretary.)
I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to get in contact. Corsham Youth Zone is a community organisation so we couldn’t function without your support. If you’re considering either of the volunteering roles above or would like some more information, please do not hesitate to email us at email@example.com.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Vice Chair of the Management Group
Corsham Youth Zone
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