Boost for Local Youth Club

Grant-March-16-featThe Honourable Company of Gloucestershire has generously donated £1,000 to help Creative Youth Network’s The Stokes youth club. The Stokes youth club has grown over the last two years and is now offering three sessions a week for 11-19 year olds. It’s a buzzing centre where young people come together to do a range of activities with friendly youth workers supporting them.

The young people who attend the club were delighted to show Sir Henry Elwes KCVO from The Honourable Company of Gloucestershire what they do at the club. Everyone loved showing him the sports hall, craft room and recording studio where they put together music for their friends and families. Showing Sir Henry the garden, they explained how they’d like to grow vegetables to use in their meals.

The youth club offers free space for young people to get together in a positive environment, with great staff there to give advice and a helping hand. The young people get to organise their own events and learn new skills in a fun way. They organise meals together, play games and have a free space to exercise and play the sports they love the most. The Honourable Company’s grant has also enabled the club to provide young people with sessions on mental wellbeing, focusing on recognising emotions.

Dylan Barker, the lead positive engagement worker at The Stokes, said:

“We’re really grateful for The Honourable Company of Gloucestershire’s support. Before Creative Youth Network took over the Stokes Youth Club in 2014, there were issues around this area with anti-social behaviour. We’ve managed to turn it around and it’s now become a safe place for young people to come to. There haven’t been any more complaints and more and more young people are joining.”

The Honourable Company of Gloucestershire promotes the county’s values and interests, by supporting industry, commerce, sport, education and the arts and encouraging debate. It promotes excellence in the county and encourages charitable giving for the benefit of Gloucestershire.

It was set up in 2007 by the then Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Sir Henry Elwes KCVO. It focuses on upholding the county’s tradition and history, ensuring achievements are both encouraged and celebrated. The Honourable Company supports projects for young people across the county and encourages leadership and excellence, especially in young people.

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