Unfortunately, it’s often young people who suffer most during tough economic times
Just for starters:
At the most basic level, youth clubs give young people something positive and fun to do, stopping them getting into trouble. But they achieve so much more than this.
Clubs can change young people’s lives. They give teenagers vital skills like teamwork and leadership. They give young people a sense of belonging and a place in their community. Getting good at a particular skill builds their confidence. Sports clubs improve young people’s health and fitness. The leaders running clubs are often trained to give advice on everything from drugs to relationships.
Youth clubs help make young people happy, healthy, well adjusted – and able to make positive contribution to society and their communities.
In 2004, we surveyed 200 young people about youth clubs, working with Brunel University.
The results speak for themselves:
5m teenagers in the UK
1000 young people volunteered through our programmes
80% of our national funding is given to members for local work