Youth Club for 13-17s

Tuesday & Wednesday evenings

    “I struggle at home and need to get out. Here I can play pool, which makes me feel good and is some normality. Being here gives my Mum some space too, and I cope better when I get back home.” Age 17

    If you, or anyone you know, wants to come to one of the weekly Youth Clubs, or are in need of other support, phone or text our Helpline number: 07391 974790 or visit Brad at Pershore Riverside Centre Monday-Thursday 10-5.

    These pre-booked sessions take place between 5.30 and 8pm, run by Brad, Ryan and Jordie, ‘Youthy’ is a relaxed, friendly place. All are welcome providing they are prepared to join in and get to know the staff, group and the centre. These are relaxed sessions, making the most of the whole facilities.

    Leaders offer practical support, eg around revision, careers advice, CVs and interviews; personal support around bullying, relationships, sexual health and alcohol awareness; and life skill sessions, including cookery, first aid, healthy living and internet safety. On Wednesdays an independent counsellor is available for exam stress or tougher issues “Coming here stops me from getting into trouble because if the youth centre wasn’t here then I would probably just be hanging around in the town.”

    It’s all about learning real life skills, in a non-judgmental environment, with a chance to ask questions and have fun. The youth team design an annual programme to keep it fun and make sure there is always things to do, eg pool, foootball, table tennis, drumming & electric guitars, street art workshops, summer water sports, visits from the Youth Bus, pancakes, Hallowe’en fun, a Christmas meal, baking and serving at the River Festival. We also offer tailored services in partnership with local companies, eg career taster opportunities and a specific programme for NEETS.

    Click here to see how the Youth Centre helps to change lives.

    “The Riverside Centre offers unique facilities and the young people are very respectful of this as they appreciate a positive, non-judgemental place outside school. Of course they challenge each other, raise issues, have and express different opinions but, ultimately, have a shared sense of what is socially acceptable behaviour and stick to the group’s standards. The sense of belonging to the ‘Youthy’ creates a bond and it is great to see a diverse group of individuals getting on and integrating. Young people come because they want to, no one is making them.” Brad, Lead Youth Worker