Last summer, bpha funded a trial in Northstowe to support The Connections Bus Project, a mobile youth club that brings in a team of youth workers to run activities and give support and advice for young people aged 11 and above.
And now we’ve been able to go one step further
The trial, organised by a group of community development professionals including Reverend Dr Beth Cope, Pioneer Minister for Northstowe, was popular. Following it, a group of young people carried on meeting, but they had nowhere to go and sat outside in the dark and, sometimes, rain.
They wrote a letter to Beth and the group, asking if they could find a way of continuing the youth club. Together with local resident, Anita, Beth, along with volunteer residents and community development professionals, ran a series of campfires for local young people, to meet up, have some fun and tell them what youth services they’d like to have. The response was: somewhere to sit, have snacks, perhaps do homework, and spend time with their friends ‘without being kicked out’.
Northstowe Youth Hive was born: a grass roots organisation committed to bringing together young people from all genders, backgrounds, faiths, cultures, and sexualities, to have fun, develop, and make a difference. It opened at a local community space – the Pioneer Café, based at the local school. For seven weeks they had, as Beth puts it ‘a ball’, with up to 20 young people coming along, but then the café had to close as the school needed the space.
The team contacted us to see if funding was possible to bring back The Connections Bus Project. bpha has been able to support this, meaning the Project can host a weekly ‘pop up’ youth club until Easter next year!