We have had some incredible years, and over the decade’s youth club has worked with thousands of young people, but it hasn’t been without its challenges.
One such challenge was when North Somerset Council removed funding in 2012 and closed its youth services throughout the county.
The North Somerset closures created an uncertain future for the youth club. But thankfully, the Long Ashton Parish Council recognised the need for youth services in the village and decided to increase its grant in 2012 to help us respond to the challenge. And to date, continues to provide significant grant support.
Although this was a differcult time for us, it also presented an opportunity to create a community-based youth service here in Long Ashton. Hence the youth club management committee decided to convert the charity to a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO), that completed in 2015.
In addition to the Parish Council yearly grant, our youth club management committee, alongside our service provider, raise additional funds via grants, fundraising events, donations, and the 500 Club.
With the support we receive from the community, we have thankfully been able to keep the youth club running and after six decades of service, the youth club continues to support and empower young people in the community.