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Regular youth club nights in Little Stoke

Posted on Monday 11th February 2019 at 9:32 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the music studio at The Stokes Youth Centre.

The Stokes Youth Centre is the safe space to be for young people in the Little Stoke area. With a range of exciting activities, and fun and approachable youth workers, it’s where young people can find their next hobby, a supportive group of friends and quality advice and guidance.

Run by Creative Youth Network, the youth centre is open for 11- to 18-year-olds to come and take part in activities such as sports, music, arts & crafts and, a particular favourite, the indoor bouncy castle. The youth club has also organised trips, including to the cinema, theatre and AirHop.

Billy (12) said: “It’s a fun place to hang out and the staff are great.”

One of the best features of the youth club is the amazing music studio, which gives young people the opportunity to write, perform and record music. Young people improve their confidence and self-esteem here, as well as having a positive impact on their mental health.

As mental health is a growing concern for young people nationwide, the youth club provides a safe environment where young people develop supportive networks of friends and approachable professionals. Wellbeing practitioners will also be joining the team to ensure young people have access to high quality support as soon as they need it.

The Stokes Youth Centre is open on the following nights:

  • Active Mondays, 5.30-7.30pm; ages 11 to 14
  • Hang out Thursdays, 7-9pm; ages 14 to 18
  • The Weekend Starts Here, Fridays, 6-8pm; ages 11 to 18

More details can be found at www.creativeyouthnetwork.org.uk/the-stokes

The Stokes Youth Centre, Little Stoke Lane BS34 6HY is funded by Stoke Gifford Parish Council, South Gloucestershire Council and the Big Lottery Fund.

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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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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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Future of Little Stoke Youth Centre remains uncertain

Posted on Wednesday 22nd August 2012 at 11:52 am by SH (Editor)

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

The future of a local Council-run youth centre threatened by budget cuts remains uncertain, despite several “expressions of interest” being received from organisations interested in taking over its operations.

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”.

A public consultation exercise run earlier this year invited organisations to submit “expressions of interest” in taking on the running of council-owned youth centre buildings “for the benefit of children, young people and families”.

A report presented to the July meeting of SGC’s Children and Young People Committee reveals that the Little Stoke Youth Centre has attracted the largest number of “expressions of interest” (six) of all the centres in the local authority area. These have come from two voluntary sector organisations, a Parish Council (assumed to be Stoke Gifford but still to be confirmed), a private childcare provider and two individuals (one of whom is a member of staff at the centre).

The extent to wish each of these organisations will continue to provide facilities for local teenagers remains unclear at the current time.

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