Dost’s youth club, which currently runs every Tuesday evening out of our offices at the Trinity Centre in Newham, will be moving next month.
The youth club forms an integral part of our youth and education programme for all of the young people we work with. As well as weekly activities including sports, various creative projects and one-off events funded by the Jack Petchey award scheme, the youth club also helps our young people develop essential life skills, offers practical English classes and an opportunity to spend time with their peers and develop strong relationships both with our volunteers and with each other.
It is these relationships that form an integral part of Dost’s holistic approach. Positive relationships have been proven time and again to be the single most important factor in helping young people become healthy, well-adjusted adults. This is even more true of those for whom past experiences may mean that they find it hard to trust the adults around them. Building this trust takes time and commitment and many of our young people often attend youth club for some time before more actively asking for our help.
As we are seeing more and more young refugees referred to us, often in emergency situations, as well as those who drop in, the youth club is becoming busier and the space we have been using at Trinity is no longer fit for purpose. So, as from next month, the youth club will be moving to the Carpenters and Docklands Centre in Stratford. This space is better equipped for sporting activities and will allow us to run two sessions a week – a sports session on a Wednesday evening and the usual youth club session on a Thursday.
The first youth club in the new location will be on Thursday 10th March and as from this date, our Youth Work Programme Manager, Marian Spiers, will be permanently based at the Carpenters and Docklands Centre. Our caseworkers will remain at the Trinity Centre but there will always be at least one caseworker available every Thursday, should any young people wish to drop in for one-to-one support.
If you have any questions about the youth club, or would like to volunteer (we are always looking for new volunteers!), please get in touch. Youth club will be at the Carpenters and Docklands Centre in Stratford from 5.30 – 8.30pm every Thursday from 10th March and young people are welcome to drop in during this time.