Delight as new youth club comes to Bedminster
The wait is finally over – Bedminster now has a youth club, much to the delight of local youngsters.
The provision has come to fruition thanks to a partnership between south Bristol charity BS3 Community and Bedminster social action group Way Out Way (WOW), which secured £30,000 in funding from Bristol City Council to set up the club.
BS3 Youth Club runs twice a week from the United Reformed Church hall in West Street and is free to attend for children aged eight to 16.
A successful open day was held on November 2, which attracted many local families who wanted to find out more about the club and register.
The official opening night was on November 11 and saw fifteen eager youngsters, aged 8-11, bounce through the doors.
The club is run by trained youth workers and volunteers, as well as trained staff provided by Bristol City Council and Creative Youth Network, who will run activities at the club.
Children can enjoy a whole range of activities, including coding, arts and crafts, cooking, table tennis, and outdoor play.
Simon Green, who is the lead youth worker, said on the opening night: “We’re really pleased with the turnout.
“It seems the most powerful thing has been word of mouth among families.”
He added: “It’s a good alternative space for them to have besides school and home.
“We want the kids to be able to steer it to become the club they want it to be.”
Sadie Fox, assistant youth worker at the club, said: “It’s going to be a lot of fun – we’ve already got lots of plans in place for what we want to do next year.”
Michelle Graham-McMorrow, one of the council youth workers for south Bristol, is supporting the club. She said: “It’s really nice to see it happening as there’s not much going on for young people around here.
“It’s a much-needed provision and it means we can support both sets of ages.”
At the Monday night club, Archie, 10, said: “I was told about the club by my mate. It’s good to try something new.”
Alice, 10, said: “I like the fact that there are lots of other young people to make friends with.”
Sessions are held every Monday, 6-8pm for eight to 11-year-olds and every Tuesday, 7-9pm, for 12- to 16-year-olds.
The youth club is looking for local people would be interested in running activities for young people.
For more information, visit: bs3community.org.uk