After temporarily having to close our youth clubs and young carer groups on Wednesday 18th March; we adapted our approach in order that we could continue to help and support young people in Mendip and South Somerset.

Over the past 6 months we have supported young people remotely with 1:1 and group sessions; via phone calls, emails, social media and zoom calls.

– We remain focused on promoting the importance of young people’s mental and physical well-being

– We continue to care, safeguard and sign post young people in need, or at risk, to relevant agencies.

– We work collaboratively with young people, so that we constantly adapt our programmes and activities, to fit in with their needs.

We are now looking at a phased approach to reunite young people; and are initially inviting current members to return to our clubs.

Whilst this next phase is implemented; we are delighted to welcome any young person aged 10-19yrs (25yrs with SEN) to join our Virtual Youth Club sessions on a Thursday evening 7:00pm-8:00pm; and hopefully this will lead to more young people being welcomed to our physical youth clubs, in the not so distant future.

Our sessions give young people an opportunity to socialise, have fun, learn new skills and where needed receive support from our friendly youth workers. Sessions vary and can include activities like music, karaoke, online art, dancing, quizzes, games, discussions on different topics and issues, online challenges and tournaments; and even just watching films together.

Please see information below in regard to our usual youth club sessions.

But to find out more about our current provision, or to register; please contact Louise Luna-Lopez on
louiseluna-lopez@ymca-bg.org

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Our work with young people welcomes anyone aged between 10 and 19 years (up to 25 years old with Special Educational Needs); some of these young people can be vulnerable and/or have some additional needs, but we provide safe environments where every young person’s view is taken into account.

We ensure continued engagement and participation in planned programmes of positive activities and issue based work; relevant to the needs and development of individuals and peer groups.  All of our activities are designed to develop social and life skills; increase confidence and resilience; and to help young people move away from any harmful behaviours.

Our Youth Club programmes are delivered through non-formal educational activities which combine enjoyment, challenge and learning. These are designed to guide young people to think for themselves; make healthy choices; improve their emotional health and wellbeing; build skills for life; develop character; have a better understanding of the world around them and take action for others.  For an example of some of the youth club sessions we run please click here.

All of our existing youth clubs have been awarded the Somerset County Council Safe & Welcoming Benchmark.  We run inclusive sessions where everyone is welcome.

Street Youth Club – Mondays’ & Friday’s 7:00pm-9:00pm at Street Young People’s Centre, Strode Road, Street, BA16 0AS

Glastonbury Windmill Hill Youth Club – Wednesday’s 7:00pm-9:00pm at Windmill Hill Youth Club, St Edmund’s Hall, BA6 8EG

Glastonbury Red Brick Youth Club (in partnership with Red Brick Building) – Friday’s 7:00pm-9:00pm at Red Brick Building, Morland Road, Glastonbury, BA6 9FT

Shepton Mallet Youth Club – Wednesday’s 7:00pm-9:00pm at Paul Street Community Centre, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5LA

Frome Youth Club – Monday’s & Wednesday’s 7:00pm-9:00pm at Frome Youth & Community Centre, Vallis Road, BA11 3EF

Coleford Youth Club – Tuesday’s 6:30pm-8:30pm at Church Street, Coleford, BA3 5NQ

Milford Youth Club – Thursday’s 7:00pm-9:00pm at Milford Community Hall, Milford Park, Yeovil, BA21 4DQ

Westfield Youth Club  – Wednesday’s 7:00pm-9:00pm at St. Peter’s Church Community Centre, Coronation Avenue, Yeovil, BA21 3DY

We also engage young people within their community via our organised Youth Councils, which enables young people to have a voice and work closely with key organisations within the local area, including parish/town councils and police.

Street and Glastonbury Youth Councils have created a Young Person Friendly Charter.

The Charter invites businesses, organisations and support services to become Street and Glastonbury Young Person Friendly Advocates. For more information please visit: youngpersonfriendlycharter.co.uk

Street ‘Action 4 Youth’ Council – Usually every other Tuesday (Term Time Only) 3:15pm-4:45pm at Street Young People’s Centre, Strode Road, Street, BA16 0AS. For more information please contact Andrea via email awhite@mendipymca.org.uk

Glastonbury Youth Council – 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month 7:00pm-8:30pm at Red Brick Building, Morland Road, Glastonbury, BA6 9FT. For more information please contact Katherine via email kclarke@mendipymca.org.uk

Yeovil Youth Council – Meets every three weeks 4:00pm-5:00pm at Town Council Building, 19 Union Street, Yeovil, BA20 1PQ. For more information please contact Matt via email mvaine@mendipymca.org.uk

As part of our youth work service, we also offer a Young Carers group, which provides a programme of activities for young carers (8-18yrs), where they can gain respite from their carers responsibilities, socialise, have fun and learn new skills.

Mendip Young Carers Group – Tuesday’s at Pilton Village Hall, St Mary’s Ln, Pilton, Shepton Mallet BA4 4BB. We offer alternative weekly sessions for both juniors (8yrs-13/14yrs) which starts at 5:30pm till 7:30pm and seniors (13-14yrs+) which starts at 6:00pm until 8:00pm.

Yeovil Young Carers Group – Monday’s at Preston Road Methodist Church, Cedar Grove, Yeovil, BA21 3JR. We offer alternative weekly sessions for both juniors (8yrs-13/14yrs) which starts at 5:00pm till 7:00pm and seniors (13-14yrs+) which starts at 6:00pm until 8:00pm.

Please contact us to find out further details on 01749 679553.