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Pershore Riverside Centre CIO (no.1156413) helps local young people (9-25) to increase their personal capabilities, gain confidence, raise expectations and improve their prospects.

“Good youth work helps young people to have fun, while quietly supporting them to face their personal challenges and to be the best they can be.” Liz Tucker, Chair of Trustees

This year we are helping many more young people to adjust to changed situations, move forwards and start to make a positive difference in their lives. “As an adult, I realise what a massive impact the youth centre had on me and really don’t know what I would have done without it.” Click here to read more.

Continuing and expanding this work to meet demand requires constant fundraising and promotion, bringing together our youth work expertise, the Centre’s amazing facilities and the wider community. Can you help us to raise awareness of the need for our services raise funds to ensure it is affordable to those who need it most?

We are proud of our town-centre venue with onsite parking and enjoy sharing it with the wider community. Already ‘home’ to St John Ambulance Cadets, Wychavon Kayak and Canoe Club, and watersports provider Bonkers Activities, we are delighted to welcome local groups in the daytime. Click here for details of our various rooms, decking, marquee and private riverside field and venue hire rates. Click here to make a booking enquiry.

We welcome community involvement from individuals and companies. If you can help in any way, eg mentoring, volunteering, gifts-in kind, please contact us. New this year is the Pershore Riverside Centre Lottery. Click here to find out more.

Click here for a summary of our work in 2020-21

Who we are

A group of local Trustees, Centre Manager Abi, Lead Youth Worker Brad and a dedicated team of youth leaders and regular volunteers – with a shared belief that every young person in Pershore should have the confidence and skills to achieve in life.

For many local people this is not the case, with a range of often complex issues lowering personal aspirations and reducing opportunities. Our youthwork team is passionate about supporting, motivating and engaging with groups and individuals to help them find a way through any concerns – while having fun and eating pasta! The purpose-built Riverside Centre provides a welcoming space, with time to think, away from school and home.

The team’s concern for young people and their families was seen in lockdown. Youth sessions and 1:1 support continued online. Outside, 3 youth workers provided vital community outreach, distributing Fare Share food, supporting SEND families who were shielding, counselling families in crisis and making food packs for families in holiday hunger.

Can you help to make a significant difference to someone’s future? We are seeking qualified and trainee youth workers for regular youth clubs & learning support; and volunteers from any background to help 16-25s seeking employment to raise their aspirations and broaden their career options. Can you offer life-skill sessions – cookery, art, plumbing, mechanics etc?. If you work locally, can you spare time to can talk to a small group about your job, show a young person around your workplace or even offer a work-experience placement? If you can help please contact us.

Click here for a report of our purpose and work during 2020-21

NB: For any role that involves working alone with a young person, we will need references and will fund an enhanced DBS check.

Here for Young People

We provide a sociable place where young people aged 9-17 can meet peers in a relaxed space to talk about options, life choices and other issues affecting their daily lives. Youth workers are on hand to provide food and advice as required. These sessions are an easy starting point for individuals to access our smaller groups, offering more focused ongoing support, and also for the youth work team to spot emerging issues in this community.

Anyone wanting to join one of our youth clubs, or in need of other support, phone 01386 554713 or visit Brad at the Centre Monday-Wednesday 10-8, Thursday 10-3.

  • Monday Club Fun, food and socialising – plus practical ways to gain confidence and skills, through water sports, circus skills, cooking, fitness, team sports and other life-skill sessions for 9-13 year-olds.
  • Youth Clubs (Tuesday & Wednesday) Time out, food and music – plus topical awareness sessions and 1:1 support for 14-18-year-olds. Access to school catch-up sessions, employment and college mentoring, and the Prince’s Trust Achieve Programme.
  • Sunday Club A fun and creative disability inclusion group SEND children (up to 16), also providing a short break for parents and carers.
  • Saturday Club For SEND 16-18-year-olds, supporting independent living & increased socialising
  • Mentoring and practical activities to inspire and encourage 16-25 year-olds to consider their futures, try new things and broaden their training or job opportunities, in partnership with local colleges and companies.
  • Unique, access to weekly sessions with an independent councillor for young people with mental health concerns and in need of additional support.
  • Supervised learning A quiet space for young people to study and complete homework.
  • Opportunities to feel part of the Centre and the wider Pershore community, through events, fundraising and young volunteer programmes.

Our experienced Youth leaders, staff, volunteers and visiting healthcare professionals are all DBS checked, work within safeguarding protocols and Government guidelines eg Covid.

Can you help?  We are seeking volunteers who can support young people through life-skill sessions, companies that can broaden career aspirations through visits or placements and youth workers with relevant qualifications or experience for regular youth clubs.  If you are interested in working with us please contact us.

Here for Community Groups

Venue hire is a very important part of our business and an opportunity for local community groups to support local young people. All of the income received goes directly to support our work with young people so please help us to help them!  To book a time to look round our bright, welcoming space, email Abi:

If you have a day or date in mind, check out our whizzy calendar of current lettings and hopefully you can see a slot on that day. If it looks a bit busy, Abi can often work wonders!

The Community Room, refurbished and equipped in 2020 thanks to funding from local community groups.

Pershore Riverside Centre sits proudly between Asda and the Leisure Centre. This is a unique venue for the whole community – with its own car park, disabled access, outside decking and a private field leading down to our pontoon on the River Avon. Three evenings a week the Centre is home to our youth groups; on another it hosts St John Ambulance meetings; on Sundays, sessions provide a short break for parents of children with additional needs.

Rooms in the Centre are available to hire on a regular basis, for occasional sessions or one-off events. The large hall and social spaces that accommodate youth clubs and drop-in sessions work equally well for yoga classes, choirs, table tennis or a skittles nights. Our new Community Room is perfect for crafters, reading groups and language sessions. The meeting room is ideal for small groups and, combined with adjacent decking, provides scope for summer tea parties or riverside evening events. Add in the private field leading down to our own pontoon on the River Avon and access to watersports then you can have the best family party ever to celebrate now that Covid restrictions are finally lifted!

News

WE WON!!! Absolutely delighted that the hard work of young people from all of our groups has been recognised. They are so proud to have been a part of the 2022 Carnival. Congratulations Larissa for bringing it all together!

MARCH 2022 LAUNCH OF OUR NEW LOTTERY


Help us to raise funds to support young people, with the chance to win £50. Congratulations to Andrew Miller, our first winner.
If YOU want to be next click here to apply online.

Lottery Terms & Conditions

Articles from The Pershore Times

The Covid Year Click here to read a review of 2020/21 activities & funding