Just two years ago following 100% cuts to their Local Authority grant, Thurso youth club was in an emergency situation and weren’t sure how they would survive after nearly 50 years of providing youth work to children and young people.
Since then committee members and local volunteers have worked hard to develop a new vision for the youth club. The club has been successful in securing support from a range of funders including The Robertson Trust, National Lottery Community Fund, Cashback, Youth Scotland and others.
Early in 2020 two new members of staff were recruited to run the youth club facility and activity programme. The future looked very bright.
The club offered 4 weekly youth work sessions for young people and were planning to increase their offering after Easter. But when schools closed, so did club nights.
Since lockdown youth workers have continued to facilitate online sessions and support to young people to maintain contact.
The youth club has also joined ranks with Thurso community Development Trust and offered emergency response and support to the local community.
The youth club building has proved to be the perfect base for emergency response. With a large catering kitchen and various spaces that can be used for different tasks it allows for social distancing and maximum activity.
Together, staff have offered support, connection and essential provisions to vulnerable local people.
Renewed policies around health and safety and the running of the facility, recruitment of volunteers and distribution of essential information within the community were all immediate responses.
Since then Thurso Community Development Trust and Youth Club workers have taken referrals from the Council Helpline to ensure immediate and appropriate response to local people’s needs.
A team of volunteer cooks with catering experience are now preparing nearly 600 3 course meals a week which are then distributed by volunteers every day to local people.
Wellbeing packs have been prepared and distributed to elderly people, and the youth club are now considering preparing activity packs for children and young people.
Short dated sweeties from tuck shop have been delivered to the doorsteps of youth club members with socially distanced ‘hellos’ and check ins with young people.
Sarah, Community co-ordinator said ‘We have come together as a community and everyone has helped in the response. No one feels over burdened or is carrying too much of the load. This has proved what the community can do when we work together’.
The youth club is beginning to make plans for after lockdown. They hope that the community spirit will continue and know that they are viewed as essential and at the heart of the community with the community in their heart.
If you want to know more about Thurso Youth Club or Thurso Development Trust get in touch via their social media pages:
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