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Sylvia Beaufoy Youth Centre

Community Ambassador Programme
Petworth (West Sussex)
Funded by #iwill
Sylvia Beaufoy case study

The Sylvia Beaufoy Youth Centre is a youth club in a small and very rural community of West Sussex. It is seen as an important centre for Petworth and the surrounding area and provides a valuable support network for young people aged 8 to 20. The club is open 3 nights a week with a wide range of activities available.

As a joint project of HAYN, a structured network between Young People Services and Youth Teams from Housing Associations across the UK, the centre launched a 12 month Community Ambassador Programme which is funded by the #iwill Fund.

On a Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 9:00pm, this team of young ambassadors started a Social Action Greenpower Project for ages 11 to 18. This project aims to use Greenpower,  an international competition where teams design, build and develop electric cars and race them around a racing circuit, to help young people to explore their skills and inspire them to use these skills as part of a team. Also, our young ambassadors are learning how these skills can be transferable into their community and beyond to working life.

After only one testing session,  our young ambassadors attended their first full race at Goodwood racecourse on Sunday 12th May 2019, this was a 10 hour day and the team performed to a very standard!!

Alongside exploring their personal skills and building the cars, young people also have support from youth workers around issues such as anxiety and depression and have run different fundraising events in their community such as a cake sale in the town hall, running along side the monthly farmers market and a 2nd hand sale.

Next up is..

A little pick preparing for Petworth in Bloom, as the town enter Britain in Bloom.

A ‘pit stop’ at their youth club for the Petworth open gardens event

Setting up, support in running and packing down for the Fete in the Park,  a fantastic community event set in the beautiful grounds of Petworth Park that attracts 1000 people over the day.

To find out more, please visit our Facebook page – Sylvia Beaufoy.

Great programme for younger generations to get involved with others in the community

Andrew

Amazing experience that helps with team building and to boost your confidence!

Anita

The Sylvia Beaufoy Youth Centre is a youth club in a small and very rural community of West Sussex. It is seen as an important centre for Petworth and the surrounding area and provides a valuable support network for young people aged 8 to 20.