Youth Project of the Month
We like to celebrate and showcase the excellent work going on at youth projects across the county through our Youth Project of the Month feature
June's Youth Project of the Month The Yard Youth Club
The Yard Youth Club are based in their own centre in the rural Dartmoor town of Moretonhampstead. There are currently 106 members on roll and sessions average around 35 young people - depending on the session. We run 3 sessions a week. Which are:-
Mondays 7-9.30pm for ages 13+
Tuesdays 6-8.30 pm for Year 6 and over.
Wednesdays 6-8.30 pm for age 8-12 and Senior Helpers.
The Yard is open to all young people and offers a safe space to socialise, as well as different fun and interesting activities which include cooking, life skills and opportunities to get active.
This is particularly important as Moretonhampstead is quite small, so recreational options for young people are pretty limited and there is no public transport in the evenings.
They enjoy trips out once a month and have a well-stocked tuck shop on site staffed by our group of committed senior members who get really involved in running sessions for the younger age groups. They have a dedicated team that offer support on a rota to the Tuesday and Wednesday evening sessions. The Yard Youth Group have a ‘book nook’ a quiet space with their own mini library where young people can borrow books from the public library- even if they aren’t members.
In January they had the Fire Service Driving simulation car visiting the centre. They hope to develop some Senior member training for our volunteers in partnership with the Community Team at Space. The Yard Youth Club have recently been awarded some funding from Teign housing and the local County Councillors locality budget to purchase sports equipment including a punch bag! They hope to run more trips with requests from their young people such as clip & climb, shooting range & social trips, particularly if they involve eating pizza!
They are always looking at links with other community groups and working in partnership on crossover projects in Moretonhampstead.
The Yard Youth Clubs 3 top tips for running a community youth project
- Make the most of your local community ties – see if local groups or businesses can visit to share their knowledge and enthusiasm or can donate materials – for example we have recently been visited by a local martial arts group, local Coding Club, community police with fingerprint kits, and fire service and have visited the outdoor swimming pool at a farm for free a few times.
- Ditto local resources- for example in Moretonhampstead we have a community minibus we can use. Local groups can also be sources of support and volunteers!
- Don’t be afraid to be creative with anything you can get for free – newspapers, giant boxes, offcuts.
Lets hear from the Young people
"It’s a great place to meet friends because it's a good environment.”
“It’s a good way to get away from siblings.”
“Some of the best things we’ve done are: Nerf war, Slip and slide and trips out.”