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Kings Hall Youth Club opened in December 2010. It is a lively members' club run by its members (the kids) and supervised entirely by parent volunteers and trained volunteer youth workers. We're open every Wednesday night,
7-9pm, during term time at the Kings Hall Community Centre, 155 Harlesden Road, Willesden Green, NW10 2BS.

Members pay £2 per club night and all money goes to providing activities and materials for the club.

INSPIRATION
In the spring of 2010, Emma Arthur (Club Chair and mother of two boys) felt there was a real need for more local activities for teenagers. Brian Stroud, Chair of Kings Hall Community Centre and Cubs leader, suggested a Youth Club. Emma decided to set up the project.

Emma organised an initial meeting in May 2010 to discuss the idea with local residents (adults and children) at the Kings Hall Community Centre. The positive response she got was all the impetus she needed to arrange a public meeting in June 2010.

Fifty people turned up - children and adults. Lesley Jones, local labour councillor, Atim Abrams of BrAVA, Jacqueline Smith from Brent Grants Office and Marcia Griffiths from Neighbourhood Working Team all came along. The children completed surveys about the youth club and adults completed volunteer sheets. It was a great response!

SUPPORT
We have had a huge amount of support for this project, from enthused children wanting to join the Kids Committee, to people from the community volunteering their help, and involvement from local schools - especially Queens Park Community School and Salusbury School - and the Kings Hall Committee.

Atim at BrAVA advised Emma in the early months about how to set up a youth club. Local Ward Councillors have been very supportive of the idea and more recently Dimple Khagram at North London Professional Academy Ltd has provided us with CVs of youth worker trainees interested in volunteering.

OBJECTIVE
Our mission is to provide children aged between 10 and 15 years in the locality and beyond with a place of their own, to get together with their friends, meet new friends and take part in activities of their choice if they so wish.

Our main aim is to keep children on the right track, providing them with a safe, supportive and learning environment and give them opportunities to experience as wide a range of interests as possible.

PURPOSE
We want to be accessible to all children including those who may be struggling in some way or feeling lonely and would benefit from this club. The children are very much a part of its set up and running alongside parent volunteers, voluntary youth workers and youth worker trainees.

In having their own Kids Committee we encourage the children to take ownership of and responsibility for the youth club and make it their own.

We bring in adults with specific skills and expertise to teach the children new skills such as in sport, drama, arts, business etc. We also hope to organise trips to places of interest and meet up with children/volunteers from other youth clubs.

SET UP
Kings Hall Youth Club is fortunate in having a very active management committee. We also have an equally industrious Kids Committee with 10 members.

Club nights are run by Gillian Archer, a trained youth worker, Sina Mensah and Shaun Bangard, trainee youth workers and supervised by parent volunteers. All have undergone CRB checks and are working voluntarily for us. We are grateful to them all for their support. All volunteers receive training and follow our code of conduct and policies referred to in our constitution.

ACTIVITES
Activities (set by the Kids Committee) include a chill out zone, chat room, tuck shop, badminton, table tennis/football, music, art activities and a quiet place to study.

FUNDING
We would like to say a big thank you to Brent Ward Working Funds for agreeing to fund our Club equipment, first aid courses for volunteers and insurance at the Kings Hall for 2011.

We would also like to thank our local Sainsburys in Willesden Green for their generous donation of £500 for fruit and drinks on Club nights. This is part of their and the Club's healthy eating initiative.


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