Grant from Paradigm Foundation helps save Buckingham Youth Club

Posted on the 1st February 2018

A grant from Paradigm Foundation has paid for staff and running costs for one of the clubs run by the charity Buckingham Youth Clubs Ltd. The charity was formed when funding from the local council was withdrawn in 2011 and the club was threatened with closure.

The Youth Centre is a purpose-built building with great facilities for young people and depends on vital funding from external sources and on the goodwill of the three Trustees/Directors and the rest of the Management Committee who donate their time.

The Youth Clubs cater for secondary school age young people in Buckingham and provide a safe environment supervised by eight well-trained and experienced staff. Many of the young people are from disadvantaged backgrounds (around 15 per week) and say they feel safer at the club than anywhere else.

John Barnett, Director and Trustee of the Charity said: “The financial assistance from Paradigm Foundation along with existing funders has meant that the Club has been able to continue. We receive financial support from Buckingham Town Council, Aylesbury Vale Community Chest and a local Family Trust as well as benefitting from two annual fundraising events organised by the Rotary Club. However, despite our hard work, our future really does depend on us winning support, whenever we can, from suitable funding sources.

“There is a lack of facilities for young people in Buckingham so we have worked hard to make the youth clubs more attractive and now have around 90 young people per week using the clubs.

“A major success for the club is developing older club members into supervisors for the younger ones. Many fifth and sixth formers have become volunteers and have also done their Duke of Edinburgh awards with us. We are proud of developing our young people into young leaders!”

Just a few of the exciting things happening at the youth club!
• Marshmallow Challenge – a team challenge with prizes over three sessions that got everyone working together
• Games Night
• Pizza Night
• First Aid Training
• Cooking (smoothies)
• Film night (with popcorn and hot chocolate!)
• Cage Cricket – in partnership with Aylesbury Youth Action
• Quiz Night – planned and run by one of our Young Leaders
• Christmas Party – disco and Lucky Dip with food and music

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