Two's Up youth club opened in 1993 as a one night drop in youth club based at the Youth Suite. A new team was recruited with supervision, training and funding initially provided by Hampshire County Council. In time the club (named by the young people) opened on a second evening with a small team of two paid & two volunteer staff.
The funding was subsequently provided by Yateley Town Council following a budget cut from HCC.
The club offered a range of activities with occasional sessions led by specialist tutors - such as Self Defence, drug awareness, self esteem etc. The use of the floodlight harcourt was an excellent addition to the facilities on the site.
Following further changes in staff and funding streams, Two's Up closed in early 2001.
Vision 4 Youth is a charitable organisation committed to providing facilities, programmes, projects and activities for young people in Yateley and the surrounding areas.
A youth provision was set-up originally under the name of EDY Act back in 2000, after at YAChT (Yateley area Churches together) meeting with and Steve Chalke from Faithworks movement.
For a number of years EDY Act provided the "Da Party Bus" at the Youth suite in Yateley. At the centre there was a converted double-decker bus kitted out with a music system, play station, keyboard, electronic drums, electro guitar and seating areas with laser lighting and stylised ceilings and walls. EDY Act also used the youth suite based underneath the council offices on Yateley Green, where we had table tennis, pool, tables and chairs and a coffee bar - serving hot and cold drinks. Outside there was access to the Tennis courts were we play tennis, football and basketball.
To ensure greater sustainability and access to wider funding streams, Vision 4 Youth has now been established as registered charity.
It is about to commence delivery of a Friday night youth drop in centre (FNC) opening up the Youth Suite and providing drinks, sweets and equipment for the young people to use, as well as themed evenings. Our aim is for this drop-in to grow and develop, with the prospect of providing more activities and support to young people who do not tend to access more structured youth clubs.
Is to act as a resource for young people aged up to 25 years in Yateley and the surrounding area by providing advice and assistance and organising programmes of physical, educational and other activities as a means of:
Advancing in life and helping young people in developing their skill, capacities and capabilities to enable them to participate in society as independent, mature and responsible individuals.
The primary goal for V4Y is to secure an agreement with Yateley Town Council (YTC) for the lease of a suitable building that can be developed as a hub for the provision of Youth projects and activities for young people aged up to 25 years.
Until such a premises is ready, V4Y run a youth club facility in another site to ensure that young people have this provision with immediate and continual effect.
An agreement will be negotiated with YTC that ensures that provides a permanent site for youth activities ensuring longevity and sustainability for youth provision in the community.
V4Y established two youth clubs in 2015; one in Darby Green and one in Yateley. Whilst the Darby Green club did not appear popular enough to be viable, Yateley’s Friday Night Club continues to be successful, attracting a growing number of young people every week. The Friday Night Club is currently held within the Town Council Offices on Yateley Green.
There has been a successful youth provision on the Town Council Offices site going back to the 1990’s run originally through Hampshire County Council, Yateley Town Council and more latterly by EDYAct.
Youth Provision commissioned by V4Y has a strong focus on those deemed as vulnerable or at risk.
The youth club achieves this by holding occasional drop-in sessions of Information Advice & Guidance (IAG) for young people covering a range of issues such as health & wellbeing, finance, training / college, life skills, employment & housing etc. It is hoped that this can be expanded upon when the purpose-built youth suite is open and the space can be utilised further.
V4Y will partner with existing providers of services for young people, local businesses, educational establishments & government agencies in the development of training and personal development opportunities for young people in a variety trades and services.
It is hoped that the new building will be ready for use in early 2018.
By providing access to support services and facilities for young people which have been determined through research and consultation with both young people and professionals. V4Y will proactively support young people in Yateley in establishing a Youth Council using the Hear by Right principles.
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