Describe your project
Richard Jory youth project is a weekly friday night youth group for young people aged 8-18 years old, in the rural parish of Gwennap. The project is run by Young People Cornwall, providing young people with somewhere to go, fun and positive activities, sports, games, arts, workshops, trips, support, advice and guidance, all planned and designed with young people. RJYP provides a safe space for young people to learn new skills, develop and grow, have their voices heard and get actively involved in their community. This newly established youth project started in February 2018 at the request of the community who support RJYC by opening the parish rooms for young people to use once a week, there is an amazing playing field outside. But lacks any equipment, we would like to spend funding on resources to make the club a more vibrant and exciting space for local young people.
How will your project benefit your local community?
Living in a rural area in Cornwall can be tricky when your young, our youth workers bring positive activities and support to young people where they are - espically when transport links are not relaible. Ensuring that everyone can get involved, and giving young people greater opportunities to engage within their own communities, to make the most of where they live. The RJYC aims to provide a vibrant youth group for the local community, whilst also providing equipment that the whole community can make use of.
Please give details of any support you have from your local community
The project is supported by Young People Cornwall's 'You Decide' project with funding from The Big Lottery Reaching Communities programme, working with communities to set up youth provision. RJYC was created with support from the Gwennap Parish Council, by meeting with local community members, including young people, to ensure that there was interest in providing youth activities. The parish council and community members continue to support the youth club to ensure its sustainability. They provide the community building free of charge and are keen to work on funding bids to continue the project.
How big is your community? And how many people will benefit from your project?
We currently have 30 registered members of the youth club, as a newly formed project launched in February we know this number will rise as the project develops. The equipment for the youth club could also be used by other community members within other sessions so will benefit a much wider audience too.
Tell us what you intend to spend the money on.
Young people have been consulted on the range of equipment they would like the money would be spent on... sports equipment and outdoor games - £140 art supplies - £60 board games - £50 games console - £300 circus equipment - £70 table tennis - £150 outdoor secure storage - £160 - the centre has limited storage so this would be useful for our outdoor equipment. karaoke machine - £60 Much of this equipment will last for many years ensuring we can provide an exciting youth club with lots to do!
When and why was your project founded?
This proect has been set up as part of the You Decide project, enabling communities to 'grow their own' youth provision. Working with Gwennap Parish Council and local community members, RJYC was formed and launched in February 2018 already establishing itself as a vital offer to young people in Gwennap.