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.
Vision 4 Youth was officially established as registered charity.
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 was intially held within the Town Council Offices on Yateley Green.
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.
In 2017 V4Y was able to employ a team of Detached Youth Workers to patrol the Yateley, Darby Green and Frogmore areas. The team walk the streets, meeting those who are out and about and make sure that everyone is safe. They also visit local shops and typical 'hangout spots' where groups often congregate.
In 2018 Yateley Town Council redeveloped the ground floor of village hall The Tythings to create a purpose-built youth suite, which V4Y has full access to for the purpose of opening more hours than just Friday evenings.
April 2018 saw the launch of "Creative Club", an arts, crafts, photography, cookery and theatre club for structured activities, and in September 2018 "Health & Fitness Club" was opened, running a boxercise class upon the request of the young people. The idea for both clubs was to offer themed activity nights at very little cost, for those who are unable to attend other groups in the area. It was also seen as a way to offer the youth suite to as many young people in the area as possible, offering a variety of activities to appeal to everyone.
Vision 4 Youth has plans to continue growing, whilst maintaining the organic growth already achieved. In January 2020 we launched a youth cafe in Darby Green for 16-25 year olds on Monday evenings, and a youth club for 10-13 year olds at The Tythings Youth Suite on Thursday evenings.
These plans rely on the support of the community; both in funding and volunteers. if you or anyone you know would be interested in helping us to extend our provision, or have ideas on what else we should be doing to improve the quality of life for Yateley's younger community, please get in touch.
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.
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.
Charity No. 1172352
Now that we run youth projects five nights a week, we are always looking to welcome more volunteers.
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