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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

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Youth, community and transport projects compete for Area Forum funding

Posted on Tuesday 26th February 2013 at 11:53 am by SH (Editor)

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

A number of Stoke Gifford youth, community and transport projects stand to benefit from decisions due to be made at a meeting of South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) Southern Brooks Area Forum tonight (Tuesday 26th).

Stoke Gifford Parish Council (SGPC) has applied for a grant of £21k to fund “universal youth provision” at Little Stoke Youth Centre, which is due to be taken over by the Parish Council in April after SGC announced it could no longer afford to run it.

SGPC says it plans to work with the Creative Youth Network to provide activities for young people on three evenings per week, the full cost of which will be £34k in 2013/14.

SGC officers have recommended that the full £21k be granted from the forum’s Positive Activities budget of £102k.

Three Stoke Gifford community groups are hopeful of receiving a share of the forum’s £32k Small Revenue Grant budget.

Stoke Lane Athletic FC has applied for £1,700 towards the cost of purchasing a defibrilator. SGC officers have recommended that £1,500 be allocated towards the total project cost of £2,432, which includes training of a club member to become an instructor in the use of the equipment.

Harriers Acrobatic Gymnastic Club, which runs sessions at  Little Stoke Primary School, would like £3,000 towards the cost of purchasing a set of twelve portable ‘air floors’. The inflatable mats would allow the gymnasts to improve their skills, while at the same time reducing the risk of impact injuries. SGC officers have recommended that the group be given £2,610, which will permit the purchase of three mats.

The South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group has applied for £1,000 towards the cost of producing and publicising a book about the Harry Stoke Coal Mine, which was the the last mine operating in the Bristol Coalfield. A launch event is planned, at which former Harry Stoke miners would share memories of their working lives. SGC officers have recommend that a contribution of £500 be given to the group.

More: Three Stoke Gifford transport schemes to be considered »

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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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