Mission & History

Our Mission Statement

The provision and maintenance of a youth centre and facilities and activities to help young people resident in Pershore and surrounding villages, including the wider community and its neighbourhoods, especially but not exclusively through leisure time activities, so to develop their physical, mental and spiritual capabilities that they may grow to full maturity as individuals and members of society and that their conditions of life maybe improved and enhanced.

Our charitable aims and objectives are to work with children of all ages, to improve their lives and enable them to develop and contribute to their community. For our purposes, ‘Young People’ refers to 9-17 year-olds. 

Pershore’s Riverside Youth Centre really does change lives. Ryan was a regular youth club member for many years, after which he chose to become a youth support volunteer. His campaign to make the younger children more aware of the dangers of ‘Legal Highs’ was a real success. Ryan gained his Level 2 Youth Work Certificate and is still with us as a valued member of the youth leader team – running sessions and passing on his experience to a whole new group of young people. He combines this with his ‘proper job’ as an engineer at a local company.

History

The Riverside Centre was built in 1995 on land owned by Pershore Town Council. The whole building is owned and managed by Pershore Riverside Centre CIO, with rent payed to the council for the land. An extension was added in 2017 which provided a room, currently rented by Brighter Lives, and a canoe/kayak store, used by Wychavon Canoe & Kayak Club and Bonkers Activities, which provides water sports for the young people. This unassuming but well-appointed building plays a crucial role in supporting young people and helping to change their lives.