Dedicated youth workers at the Riverside Centre play a crucial role in helping young people to become the best versions of themselves and improve their future prospects. In some cases breaking a pattern of generational benefit dependency. Demand for our services is growing and this needs to be provided free of charge for most of our clients.
Owning the building and running youth services costs the CIO around £70,000 each year. Sharing the facilities with Bonkers Activities not only broadens the range of activities and options to young people and the community, but also enables us to work together on events, and contributes to the building’s running costs.
As a charity we raise the funds we need to operate from a mixture of annual events, council grants, local fundraising, venue hire and donations. Cancellation of the 2020 River Festival, planned reductions in local authority core funding and fewer grant options available for rural areas has bee hard. We have focused on becoming more sustainable, reducing running costs and making more rooms available for local groups to hire, but would welcome any additional help you can give.
In exchange, the young people who use the Centre are increasingly becoming involved in the local community and generating funds to enable their Youth Groups to continue. In 2019, the younger group prepared a float for the Town Carnival, members of the older group baked and served cakes at the River Festival and other volunteered to keep the area around the Centre litter free.
Help us to make our funds go further and support young people in need
We have signed up for purchase-related income from Easyfundraising, Amazon Smile and donations through Virgin Giving. Volunteer time, gifts in kind and equipment are always welcome! We are even considering re-launching the popular 100 Club! Here are details of a number of ways in which people can support us and therefore Pershore’s more disadvantaged young people.
Please consider making a one-off or monthly donation
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and nominate Pershore Riverside Centre as your cause https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/pershorerc/
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Hire our venue – all the income helps secure the future of the facilities and the work for young people. Use the meeting room for a regular group, club or one-off meeting; encourage family or friends to think about hiring our venue for a birthday party; plan a summer evening event on our fabulous decking with riverside views. Please click here for more information.
Volunteer to share your skills and enthusiasm to help us, and feel great at the same time.
To keep the charity up and running we need help from the community – get in touch and see what we can do together.
Could you share life skills such as cooking, DIY, music production, photography? Can you help with mock interviews or offer opportunities for young people to visit your place of work through taster sessions or work experience? Central to our work with the older groups is expanding their understanding of what they could do and what is available.
Not all volunteers will work directly with young people. Can you help us to promote what we do, offer DIY skills to fix snags around the Centre, serve refreshments at an event, or offer anything else you enjoy?