September Youth Clubs’ newsletter now available
We have produced a newsletter which reflects upon our summer of activities for young people. You can check it out here:
Coxhoe 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Due to pressure on Durham County Council budgets the County Council have withdrawn their young people’s service provision in the Village.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.
Lucy Dunbar – Youth Worker—Lucy is enjoying working with Coxhoe Parish Council as an auxiliary youth worker. She loves getting involved in sporty games and arts and crafts with our current young people at our Friday Youth Session. She is also really looking forward to working with more young people within the community.
Rachael McGregor – Youth Worker— Rachel is 17 years old and studying for her A Levels as well as working as a Youth Auxiliary Worker.She particularly enjoys the challenges that go along with it, the opportunities to connect with people and she also loves being involved with the range of exciting activities that we organise. Her passions are drama and history but the active elements of the youth group, such as obstacle courses or the bouncy castle, are a chance to have some fun and see the young people enjoying themselves as such as she did.
Elaine Shone – Youth Worker
Elaine works alongside Ian, Lucy and Rachael on a Friday night at Coxhoe Active Life Centre where they provide social activities for young people in Coxhoe and Quarrington Hill. She is more of a sporty person so she love to get the kids involved in football, badminton, rounders and other different sports where they can simply have fun with their friends while in a safe environment! Elaine is always open to trying new sports too so if you have any ideas or a sport you would like to try, we will try to provide them for you. Get yourself and your friends along on a Friday night and we look forward to seeing you!
Find out more about Children and Young People here
Celebrating the achievements of Coxhoe’s Young People
We will support and celebrate the achievement of our young people on these pages.
Latest News for Young People will appear here as soon as it is available.