Providing continuous support for young people & families

Through adaptability and creativity, dedicated youth workers at the Riverside Centre are helping  teens, NEETS and children with additional needs to cope with uncertainty, interrupted learning and isolation.

Following the rules  Government lockdown rules and tiers have always allowed support for vulnerable young people and their families. Complying with these rules and operating within the National Youth Agency’s guidelines, we have been able to deliver our services initially online, then in person, gradually building up to activity weeks last summer, before scaling down again. “I am a local key worker and it was very difficult to find amusement and childcare for the children due to Covid 19. It was wonderful that you managed to pack in so many great activities, whilst keepIng the children safe and healthy with all the Covid guidelines. We are lucky to have such a great facility on our doorstep in Pershore. I look forward to supporting the youth club in the future.” Edie Anderson, West Mercia Police

Providing practical support We currently offer pre-booked 1:1s and carefully managed in-house sessions in ‘bubbles’. These are an opportunity for young people to talk about any issues around schooling, relationships, loss of job opportunities etc. 16-25 year-olds who are not in employment, education or training can sign up for mentoring to explore options, make decisions, create CVs and apply for jobs or training. Contact: youth@pershoreriversidecentre.org.uk

Is your child struggling with home-based learning?
Do you need access to a dedicated computer or place to study?

If so, we can help!
Our Community Room is a calm space, away from the distractions of home and other pressures, with new Chromebooks linked to full-strength, safeguarding appropriate, wi-fi. Supervised by a youth worker or tutor, with learning support/motivation if required.

To ensure we meet Covid regulations, this free service needs to be pre-booked.
Email youth@pershoreriversidecentre.org.uk or message via Pershore Noticeboard.
“This room is a genuine gift from the community to the community, thanks to donations from Pershore’s Rotarians, Civic Society and Town Council. It greatly enhances our specialised support.” Abi, Centre Manager

Future plans 
Our 2021 priority is to bring the hall up to date and repair the floor. Pre-Covid, around 250 people benefit from the hall each month: directly as users (youth groups and hirers) or indirectly (respite for families of SEND children who attend Sunday Club). If you are able to contribute in any way, please contact Abi@pershoreriversidecentre.org.uk.

Pershore Riverside Youth Centre (Covid-19)

We understand this difficult time has changed lives for all in many ways. Our mission and philosophy as a Youth and Community Centre is to work with Pershore and the surrounding communities to support, inspire and achieve positive change. That is still the case, even during a global pandemic! However, we still want to ensure you all we are still here as usual… just with a few changes.

We are following the guidance from the National Youth Agency (NYA) to ensure we can provide our community with the best possible support. Our Management and Youth team are now able to work from the centre, and as of the July 4th we have started inviting small groups in. We are still working outdoors when possible, and scheduling groups in advance so that we can ensure safety measures are followed. 

We ask for any enquiries to contact via – 01386 554713 or by emailing Bradley or Abi @pershoreriversidecentre.org.uk and to not ‘walk-in’ to the centre as usual.

We have been working to adapt the centre to new guidelines and reduce the risk of exposure to Covid-19 as much as possible. We plan to achieve this by:

  • Reducing group sizes
  • Limiting room usage
  • Hand sanitizer in each room
  • Thorough cleaning every day
  • Working outdoors when possible
  • PPE being accessible to staff and members if requested (not mandatory)
  • Young people receiving resource packs, that are kept within the centre

There are regular online youth sessions running for young people, ranging from Quizzes to Mental health discussions – Follow the running updates for these via our Instagram page @pershoreyouthy

Our youth counselling sessions are currently being held via Skype or telephone – we understand that this can be crucial to some young people reaching out for support whilst stuck at home. This is why we are hosting more regular slots for young people throughout the week. Please contact us via Youth@pershoreriversidecentre.org.uk to arrange this.

Pershore Riverside has been working closely with Worcestershire Here2help scheme, where anyone can gain access to support for any reason due to the pandemic.

Mental health affects us all in different ways. There is a mixture of advice on the website for children, young people and their families here: http://ow.ly/z4Tu50zZXNy

Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and guidance

Website: Coronavirus (COVID-19) from Worcestershire County Council (opens in a new window)