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Local Scout troop fundraise for trip to Cyprus

Posted on Friday 19th January 2018 at 10:54 pm by Laura Mortimore

Members of the 1st Stoke Gifford Scout Group.

The 1st Stoke Gifford Scouts have been working hard in recent weeks, trying to raise money for their 2018 camp to Dhekelia, Cyprus.

The camp, which is set to take place during October half term 2018, has been arranged with the 48th Dhekelia Scout troop in Cyprus and is going to provide the local Scouts with a great opportunity to make new friends and learn about a different culture. Andrew Phelps, troop leader of the 1st Stoke Gifford Scouts, is planning on taking 20 children and 10 adults to Cyprus where they will camp with the Cypriot Scouts. Talking to me at their last troop meeting, Andrew stated that:

“The trip is going to be an amazing experience for the kids and hopefully some of them will become pen pals with the Cypriot Scouts. Fundraising for the camp is also a great way of demonstrating to the children that they have to work hard to get what they want”.

The Stoke Gifford Scouts have been in touch with the Dhekelia Scouts for many years now, developing a close relationship with the Cypriot troop and have even visited them before, in October 2013. The same activities are being planned for next year’s trip, which include scuba diving, sea kayaking, sailing, rafting, swimming, fishing, hiking and pioneering. They are also planning a cultural visit to a monastery in the Trudos Mountains, stopping for lunch on the top of Mount Olympus and a trip to the buffer zone which is controlled by the United Nations, crossing the green line into Northern Cyprus. This will give the children the opportunity to experience first-hand the differences between Turkish Cyprus and Greek Cyprus.

More: Scouts still need to raise about £6,000 »

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Little Stoke Youth Centre to re-open next week under control of parish council

Posted on Thursday 10th October 2013 at 8:18 pm by SH (Editor)

The Stokes Youth Centre, Little Stoke Lane, Little Stoke, Bristol.

The former Little Stoke Youth Centre in Little Stoke Lane is to re-open as The Stokes Youth Centre on Monday 14th October following major building works over the summer.

The centre is now being run by Stoke Gifford Parish Council after South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) decided it could no longer afford to operate youth centres in areas not categorised as ‘priority neighbourhoods’.

The parish council has commissioned the Creative Youth Network (CYN) to deliver youth activities on three evenings per week.

The project is being financed through external funding, in the form of grants from SGC’s Positive Activities Fund (£20k p.a. for two years) and the New Homes Bonus Fund (£13k p.a. over two years), plus an allocation from the parish council’s own budget (raised from the parish precept) of £23k in 2013/14.

SGC also provided capital expenditure of £100,000 which has been spent on a new roof, new electrics, new flooring and heating.

The parish council says it will be looking to market the use of the premises to make the centre sustainable in future years. The Start-Rite Pre- School currently makes use of the building on week days.

CYN says it will be running three sessions a week on Monday, Thursday and Friday evenings. The organisation says it will “offer a safe, friendly, fun environment to come along and meet friends, listen to music, play sport, learn new skills in cooking, the arts, take part in discussions, debates and competitions and go on trips and weekend residentials”.

The centre incorporates a recording studio which will be used for regular all-age music/band nights on Friday evenings.

Times of the other regular sessions are as follows:

  • Monday: 5pm to 7.30pm for ages 11–13yrs
  • Thursday: 6.30pm to 9pm for ages 14–18yrs

More: Launch event will include music, art and sport, plus a BBQ »

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Diwali at Little Stoke Youth Centre

Posted on Monday 10th December 2012 at 11:13 am by Nikki Hallur

Diwali Rangoli - photo by abhinaba [licence: cc-attr]

South Gloucestershire is fast becoming a hub of multiculturalism, and the youth of today are showing a positive openness towards a variety of faiths and cultures. The libraries in the area did a special Diwali-themed Story Time for pre-school children, and whilst Christmas is an important focus for youth activities, the youth club in Little Stoke made time to learn about Diwali too.

At Little Stoke Youth Centre, young people aged between 11 and 19 celebrated the ‘festival of lights’ on a Tuesday night when the club holds activities oriented towards those with learning difficulties. Youth volunteers from mainstream schools also attend on a Tuesday to create a sense of integration between young people with different needs. For Diwali, the young people dressed up in Indian tunics, wore bindis (a patterned sticker worn on the centre of the forehead), cooked Indian snacks like samosas and jalebis, and also danced to a few Bollywood tunes along with their usual chart toppers.

The meaning of Diwali was conveyed through a quiz which enabled the young people to learn about Hinduism. A few lamps were lit in the centre, symbolising the victory of good over evil that is remembered during Diwali. Apart from praying for wealth and prosperity, Hindus remember how the King Rama returned home after defeating the demon Ravana during Diwali.

Little Stoke Youth Centre will soon be decorated for its Christmas party, welcoming young people to join in a Christmas disco and festive party games. The club located on Little Stoke Lane is an important and well-loved place of social interaction for young people, although its future is uncertain due to structural changes that will be affecting youth services after March 2013.

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Residents to attend crucial Council debate on youth spending

Posted on Monday 10th September 2012 at 10:32 am by SH (Editor)

Little Stoke Youth Centre, Little Stoke Lane, Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

Residents of Stoke Gifford fighting for the future of a local youth club are due to attend a crucial Council meeting in Kingswood tonight (Monday 10th)  that will decide levels of funding for youth work across South Gloucestershire.

Little Stoke Youth Club, in Little Stoke Lane, is under threat of closure from South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) as part of its plans to slash spending on ‘universal access’ youth services by 46% over two years.

Under proposals published earlier this year, the Council said it was planning to transfer control of all its youth centres to locally-based organisations. If no such organisation comes forward for any particular centre, it will be “decommissioned”.

Tonight’s Special Meeting of SGC’s Full Council has been called after Conservative Councillors ‘called-in’ a decision of the authority’s Children and Young People Committee that would see centre-based youth provision safeguarded in the Council’s six designated Priority Neighbourhoods (of which Stoke Gifford is not one), with a ‘positive activities’ fund of £227,00 being shared across all other areas.

The Committee’s decision to focus the spending on areas of deprivation was agreed by a 7:6 vote margin, with Labour and Lib Dem Councillors joining forces to defeat the Conservatives.

Conservative Councillors say they would prefer to see a “level playing field” with all youth centres and clubs across the whole district able to bid into a larger (£421,000) ‘positive activities’ budget.

More: "Lab/Lib Dem proposals stack odds against Little Stoke"

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