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Pershore’s Riverside Centre CIO (1156413) supports the young adults of tomorrow. Our experienced Youth Workers provide a safe and friendly environment for young people, through accessible and affordable drop-in sessions, activities and ongoing support, including summer activity weeks.

“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

A genuine community resource, the Centre is also home to Wychavon Kayak and Canoe Club, St John Ambulance, Bonkers Activities, Worcester Short-Breaks Sunday Club and Worcestershire Parent Carers group. Our spacious, riverside venue with parking is ideal for groups and party bookings.  

With special thanks to AWARDS FOR ALL, for their contribution in making this project possible. AFA funded a ‘healthy active lifestyle’ project which included 12 young people from our local Middle School to participate with the centre to identify, achieve and promote to their peers how this can be possible growing up in a rural community.

They have worked with the Centre Management to inspire others how to live a healthy lifestyle mentally and physically – sharing their own stories and participation in their local community.

Rural Media especially helped to plan, prepare and support the young people to direct and produce this video production by themselves. You can view the project blog on our Instagram! @Pershoreyouthy

THANK YOU FRIENDS OF PERSHORE HOSPITAL!

May 2020 – Friends of Pershore Hospital have kindly donated £2,000 to go towards the refurbishment of our Kitchen equipment. This will help us achieve our mission every day in supporting young people to a healthy lifestyle and skills for life. We are excited to return to the Centre using amazing new equipment!

Worcestershire Community Foundation Funding

We have recently received funding from Worcester Community Foundation to contribute towards our Covid-19 response work. This funding will allow us to adapt to the new design of how we plan to work with young people and the wider community in the near future. To gather a wider understanding of the new layout, please click the ‘COVID-19’ button at the top of the homepage.

You can view more about Worcester Community Foundations Covid-19 appeal here: https://www.worcscf.org.uk/covid-19-charity-appeal.aspx.

Who we are

Pershore Riverside Centre is run by a group of local Trustees, Centre Manager Abi, Lead Youth Worker Brad and a small, dedicated team of youth leaders and regular volunteers. We share a belief that all young people in Pershore should have the confidence, motivation and skills to achieve in life. Everyone involved is aware of the issues faced by some of Pershore’s young people and is passionate about engaging with, supporting and motivating them to 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.

All staff, youth workers and visiting healthcare professionals are DBS checked and work within safeguarding protocols.

Can you help?  As a charity, Pershore Riverside Centre needs to raise funds to continue to deliver its youth services. We welcome support from individuals and companies, eg donations, gifts-in-kind, online fundraising and volunteering. If you can help please contact us.

What we do

We provide a sociable place where young people aged 9-17 talk about options and life choices with their peers and professionals. At our informal sessions we discuss relevant issues that are currently affecting their daily lives, listen and provide ongoing support. All are welcome.

Our experienced Youth leaders, staff and visiting healthcare professionals are all DBS checked and work within safeguarding protocols.

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.

We will need to follow-up with references and an enhanced DBS check for anyone working directly with the young people.

Facilities

Tucked between Asda and the Leisure Centre is our fabulous purpose-built youth centre with its own car park, disabled access, outside decking and a private field leading down to our own 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.

As well as being a base for youth work, the building, with private terrace and riverside access, is available for groups to hire on a regular basis, or for occasions such as parties and events. With a meeting room, kitchen, main Hall, TV room and the spectacular back decking – the centre is perfect for so many functions, events or get togethers.  All of the income goes direct to the charity to support our work with young people so help us to help them!  Here is what we offer – all include car park and toilets.

Can you help? Hire our well-placed and well-equipped venue to support your local community: a meeting room for a regular group, the hall for occasional sessions, or the whole venue for an event with a riverside view. If you want to hire our facilities please email lettings@pershoreriversidecentre.org.uk  

News

Latest News

September 2020

We are continuing to work with Young People and the Community following NYA safe working guidelines. We have adapted our ongoing support groups, targeted work and open-access groups – to time slots throughout the week.

”We would like to recognise the following funders to ensure our ongoing provision throughout the pandemic…”

Active Hereford and Worcester in partnership with sports England – Who have provided funding for Nicole, a Nutrition and sports professional to work alongside our SEND Sunday club – working with young people and their families around education, well-being and captivating sports for the next 6 months.

Worcester Community Foundation – Kindly funded Jordie, one of our Youth workers in her transition back to youth work from furlough. Jordie worked alongside Lead Youth Worker Brad, to introduce young people safely back in to the Centre, support via Online Youth Work Sessions and specialized female empowerment sessions.

WCF also provided us funding to be able to adapt our outdoor decking with a sail, this is especially important when we are urged to work outdoors for safe practice as much as possible.

Joanie’s Fund via Hereford Community foundation – Have provide provided us to be able to offer additional Youth Work hours, to be spent with young people in smaller groups. As mentioned below in our updates, we can no longer work in large groups (as we usually do). The staff are spending additional hours meeting with young people and mentoring alongside Pershore High School.

Pershore Rotary Club – A special thanks to Graham, who have kindly worked alongside the management team in renovating our new ‘Community Room’. This room will allow us to provide a unique space for education. Please follow our news updates for more information on our new Community room!

August 2020

Pershore Riverside Youth Centre Summer Program

We were delighted to be able to host our annual Summer Program for young people ages 8 – 13. Following the NYA guidance for safe groups of 15, we were able to establish a safe summer program filled with Sports activities, art & Crafts and group games.

This year we were kindly supported by Wychavon District Council who provided funding for 4 youth workers, a professional sports coach/teacher Conor, Bonkers Activities (water sports) and Kate (Clik-Clik Collective).

The main aim of the Summer Program is to support young people through the school break, involving a range of activities to keep them busy and most importantly have lots of fun. We work hard all year alongside local Schools to provide a Youth Work curriculum, we firmly believe these young people are rewarded with a well deserved jam-packed, fun Summer.

Funding sports coach Conor (Worcester and Cardiff University) was able to deliver a Covid-safe tailored sports program. Filled with socially distanced team-work and active games. Planning sessions, games and workshops can be very time consuming for our team, we can’t thank Conor enough for his time, dedication and execution (alongside a pandemic) this year.

Kate (Clik-Clik Collective) – provided a number of sessions focused on arts and crafts. Kate is exceptional when it comes to bringing out young people’s creative side. This year she focused on young people expressing themselves through designing murals and T-shirts. Including: stencils, spray paint and pen/pencil free hand designing.

Each Tuesday of the Summer Program we hosted our famous Water Sports. Bonkers Activities provided us professional trained instructors, bell-boating, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding.