Barnwell Youth Club receives a helping hand
Published by Rebecca Mills for Longhurst Group in Communities and also in Housing
Julie with the equipment she purchased for the youth club
A youth club in Barnwell that has been running for over 20 years has been able to get back on its feet thanks to a Neighbourhood Development grant from Spire Homes.
Julie Dunn, a long time Barnwell resident set up the club 20 years ago at the Barnwell village hall after the local council could no longer afford to keep an activity bus running that would visit the village once a week. After a quiet few months at the club, Julie needed a bit of help to expand to help the Youth Club and attract even more youngsters.
“I read about Spire’s community grants in a local newspaper and when I found out they were building homes in Barnwell I thought I might as well apply for a grant to help the youth club grow” said Julie. “The grant has helped me get some support to run the club; a local teenager, Rosie, started with me just before Christmas and will now be with us until summer so we can now safely have more children through the door.
“I’ve always said that the club is open for children in the surrounding villages and towns as well as Barnwell, so I’ve been advertising the club to local people. I’ve also been able to order some new crafts such as play foam, candle making sets, sand modelling and other materials, balls for dodgeball and bean bags which will be arriving soon! We have a very relaxed approach, we have lots of activities on offer and the kids can do whatever takes their fancy –crafts, having a kick about, playing video games or just having a chat with friends."
The Neighbourhood Grants Fund was launched to help Community Groups start up, or for existing groups to continue their work that benefit Spire Homes’ local communities. This could be for projects that aim to reduce anti-social behaviour, projects to support people back in to employment or to create or support Clubs and associations that operate within Spire Homes communities.
“Supporting local groups, clubs and individuals with our Neighbourhood Grants is an essential part of Spire Homes’ commitment to helping the communities we work in thrive” said John Farrar, Chairman of Spire Homes. “We’re very much focused on listening to our tenants and communities, in turn, responding and adapting our services to meet their needs and Julie has been doing just that with Barnwell youth club for nearly 20 years. By listening and responding to the demand she has created and maintained a fantastic environment for local children with plenty of positive activities which the children enjoy.”
The club runs during term time every Wednesday evening from 7.00pm -9.00pm for children aged over 8.