Many young people depend on us for their mental, emotional and physical wellbeing, not just through the activities we provide but also the advice and support we offer that some may not receive at home. By providing a good source of entertainment and guidance we help to keep young people off the streets and away from negative influences, showing them instead how they can make positive choices and grow into confident and happy young adults.
Volunteers have been, and continue to be, a crucial part of the staffing of both our Senior and Junior Club sessions. Our volunteers undertake a variety of tasks in delivering youth work so we welcome people from all backgrounds, skills and experience. We offer training to all our volunteers, to help them handle youth issues sensitively and appropriately and give young people the support they need. Working with young people is extremely rewarding, not only for the difference you can make to their lives but also the insights and learning experiences that you’ll gain.
Find out more initially by reading our volunteer recruitment pack or arrange to come along and see what our Volunteers have to say about us! If you’re still interested, we would love you to join us so please get in touch.
Join the board
Wolvercote Young People’s Club (WYPC) has been delivering youth services for over 75 years with its Committee mainly consisting of members from the local community. This support has proven invaluable as each member of the Board brings their own experiences and knowledge to the table.
Our Board Members are appointed each year and include a Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and five committee members who each have their own responsibility such as fundraising, publicity, buildings maintenance and lettings. If you are interested in joining the Board then hear what our current members have to say about the valuable contribution and support that they give to the Club. If you would like to discuss becoming a member of the board please get in touch with us.
Funding is vital to the services we provide to our young people and the many groups who also use our facilities. Since the County Council’s financial cutbacks to youth services in 2010, we rely even more on fundraising, grants and donations to secure our future and ensure we are sustainable.
We are extremely grateful to those who share our views, recognise our potential and are in a position to give financially. Past donations have funded fantastic projects including:
· Building a dedicated IT room and games room
· Installation of a football court
· Extensions that doubled the size of the original building and updated facilities
· A new minibus which is used regularly for trips out and ensuring our young people get home safely
· Enabling us to plan and deliver a continuous programme of youth activities and residential courses
We also maximise the use of our building and provide a venue for a variety of groups including Oxfordshire Autism Family Support, Life Path Trust (adults with learning disabilities), Meadowbrook College art courses for students excluded from school, various dance groups and seasonal open days for the local community.
The work we undertake brings communities together and we strive to create an inclusive environment where all young people are offered the same opportunities regardless of postcode, money or academic ability. We teach young people to feel proud of who they are and where they have come from but not to the exclusion or detriment of others. If you see the value in the services we provide and are able to then please help us, every donation makes a difference.
If you’re a business looking to support local youth services then we have several ways that you could do this:
- fundraise on behalf of WYPC
- donate time to volunteering at the Club
- sponsor a specific project or initiative
For more information, email our Lead Youth Worker Kristie Waller for more information.