Youth Club Forms
When joining youth clubs there are two forms that require completion by parents. The first is the consent form. This provides details such as contact infomation as well as providing photographic and video advice. The second is the Ground Rules form which commits the individual to complying with good behaviour requirements. You can download the forms here:
Youth Service Update – Your views sought
Our new staff have been undergoing training to support our young people and our provision is growing. A new Junior Youth Club has now started at Quarrington Hill and a new Girls Group has also started on a Tuesday, which was requested by our young people. Our new Clerk and our Youth Team are reviewing all of our policies and procedures to make sure our young people have fun and feel safe. New
behaviour rules have been implemented to help support this, which our young people and
their parents have signed up to.
Our young people have been identifying new equipment that they would like to improve their sessions funded from a £3,000 grant from East Durham Rural AAP, and various games and pieces of equipment will arrive soon. Our aim for our Youth provision is for its activities to be driven by our young people.
The Parish Council is also keen to hear parents’ and other people’s views, so if you’d be interested just drop in to:
- Coxhoe Active Life on 16/3/2018 between 5:30—8:45pm
- Quarrington Hill Community Centre on 16/4/2018 between 5:30—7:00pm.
Coxhoe Parish Council – Supporting our Young People
With the withdrawal of investment by Durham County Council for young people services in 2016, we thought it was crucially important to ensure that our young people did not lose out. We have since employed and sustained a youth team who have delivered the following in Coxhoe:
- developed Coxhoe Youth Club;
- Coxhoe juniors has on average 20 young people attend each session, the senior session has on average 35 young people. In both groups we have seen an increase in the number of female members;
- There are 104 members of Coxhoe Youth Club (Junior and senior). Between both groups we have 62 male members and 42 females;
- Between January 2017 and December 2017, at Coxhoe Youth Club, we offered 1512 places to young people in Coxhoe and the surrounding areas;
- We have offered a wide range of activities, we have a pool table, air hockey table and a selection of computer games;
- The boys enjoy their football and the girls are keen on music and dance;
- Our junior club members still like to be creative and are very interested in arts and craft type activity; and
- The girls said that they found it difficult to be themselves with the boys around. So, we started a separate girls only group on a Tuesday night. So far, we have run 3 sessions with an average of 9 girls at each. There are 15 girls registered with this club.
In Quarrington Hill we have:
- started a junior youth club in the community centre on Mondays at the beginning of the year;
- advertised the youth club on Coxhoe Parish Council webpage and social media. Cassop Primary also posted details on their Facebook page;
- had 8 young people participate on average at the 3 sessions to date; and
- Parents have said that this is exactly what they want for their children with time out of the house away from their computers to play games like they did when they were children.
We ran a Summer programme of events during 2017 and you can access details of what we achieved in our September newsletter Coxhoe Youth Clubs Newsletter. Our spring programme of activities is theme based according to the time of year and cultural influences. The Chinese New Year will soon be here, it will be the year of the dog, so we are organising activities around that.
New girl’s only youth club
In response to requests from the girl members of Coxhoe Youth Club, we are starting a Girls Only club.
The girls (from both age groups) have asked to have their own space where they can do girly things without intrusion.Whilst they like the mixed sex youth club they feel they need to develop at their own pace and speed. The Girls Only club will run every Tuesday night at the Active Life Centre from 6pm to 7.30pm. It is open to all girls from both Youth Sessions and new members will be most welcome. For further information please contact the Youth Team on: 07403 765 269
Quarrington Hill Junior Youth Club starts 15th January 2018
A new junior youth club commenced for 7 to 11 year olds. The group takes place on Monday nights at Quarrington Hill Community Centre. The club runs from 5.30pm to 7pm. There will b e a charge of 50p per child.
- Arts & Crafts
- Indoor sports
- Parachute Games
- Team Games
- Video Games
- Pool & Table Tennis.
Parents will be required to complete a registration and contact form at the first session. If you have any queries, please contact the Youth Team on : 07403 765269 or email email@example.comCoxhoe Parish Council provides Children and Young Peoples’ Services.
In Parish Plan 2 76% felt CPC/DCC should provide more funding for young people – we have done that, and we hope that this investment will lead to even greater resources for our young people. 84% felt that there should be a Youth Council. We hope that Amanda will help establish a Youth Council or Forum to make sure that the Parish Council and other agencies working in our villages take their views on board, and that our young people’s views are fed in to the AAP Youth Council and that our young people’s views help to shape developments in the wider area.
We think we already have a good range of activities for children and young people with youth sessions being delivered at ALiC (Active Life Centre) by our youth workers and by ALiC, and also at Quarrington Hill Community Centre. We have thriving Beaver, Cub and Scout groups and a daily playgroup at Coxhoe Village Hall. Our approach for the future is going to be young people driven though, with their views directing how and what services/facilities are delivered. Amanda will support them and families of younger children in improving what is available for them.
Due to pressure on Durham County Council budgets the County Council have withdrawn their young people’s service provision in the Village. The Parish Council have now budgeted to replace that provision from June 2016.
Meet the team
Ian Thompson – Children and Young people’s Services Co-ordinator. Ian has been involved in Youth & Community work for over 30 years. He has a wide range of experience in working with young people from the ages of 7 and up to 25 years of age. He has run youth clubs for 12 years and under and 13 years plus.
He became a youth worker because he believes in youth and often feel they get bad press, many don’t get the life chances and experiences of their peers, much of his work in the past has been to redress this balance and give the youth of today opportunity to experience these experiences and to develop their own skills and potential. Ian has lots of experience with the Duke of Edinburgh award and for the past 13 years he has been positive activities and outdoor education manager in Teesside, using outdoor education and sport as a means to engage young people. Contact details for Ian can be found here.
We are pleased to welcome Sean Davison, Rachel Wadge and Claire Picken to our Youth Work Team alongside our Youth Worker Ian Thompson. We will be advertising for a part time Admin Assistant soon to complete our staff team.
Celebrating the achievements of Coxhoe’s Young People
We will support and celebrate the achievement of our young people on these pages.