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Youth Council success and cash for charities

05th February 2015

The Youth Council on the 3 February was enjoyed by all, with members having their say, making a difference in their local community, and having fun. A speaker from West Herts College introduced himself to the Youth Council members by telling them of his role at West Herts College as a Chef Lecturer teaching culinary skills and cookery to his students, as well as describing the daily life of a chef and the different roles and levels of work in the industry.

The members also enjoy the fencing session, with two representatives from Watford Fencing Club and Three Rivers Young Blades teaching members about the sport. This included an interactive session using GO/FENCE equipment and learnt the basic skills involved through practising with a partner. In conjunction with Three Rivers District Council, the Watford Fencing Club and Three Rivers Young Blades will also be running beginners fencing courses at the Royal Masonic School in March.

Before the meeting Three Rivers District Council also invited charities and organisations to apply for donations from the Youth Council’s grant, where chosen organisations could be allocated money from their £1,000 grant fund. The youth councillors decided the following successful applications and the amount of money they should be awarded.

Abbots Youth Football Club - £400

Currently have teams playing competitive/friendly football every week from ages Under 6 through to Under 18, as well as an adults team. The organisation supports over 200 boys and girls to play the game they love.

The grant application will be used to fund new 5 a side goals to improve on the old, damaged and difficult to assemble goals. This will help significantly improve the football match quality. Similarly the club has recently needed to replace / upgrade the 9 a side goals and laid out  the need for four new goals.

YMCA Chorleywood Youth Club - £300

A weekly youth club session for young people aged 11-18 years at Chorleywood Youth Centre, Field Centre. The Youth Club provides a wide range of activities and workshops to helps young people develop, and also get young people involved in the community and organise charity events.  The young people recently made a presentation to the Chorleywood Youth Committee of items to improve the youth club.  The committee agreed to have the outside lighting fixed and supply money for a new sofa.  The young people would like to request further funding to:

  •          Decorate and paint the outside bench in the compound area to look more appealing and user friendly.
  •          Improve the inside chill out area with a rug and beanbags, along with the new sofa. Furthermore, a large table will be use for group games and group discussions we have for future community projects.
  •          Lastly, the young people enjoy cooking and we would like to buy some basic equipment to keep at the centre for the use of the group.

Watford Mencap - £300

Watford Mencap supports children and adults with learning disabilities living in South West Hertfordshire. Their main activities include residential and supported housing, community support, children’s services, free advice & information and adult learning & leisure activities. Currently they support over 800 people with learning disabilities plus their families.

The grant will help purchase a laptop to support our Skoog unit – an interactive musical instrument that has been shown to ignite a musical spark in children and adults with any degree or combination of physical, learning or behavioural difficulty. From Skoog’s website – “The Skoog is widely used by children of all abilities and is very valuable to those with profound physical or learning disabilities.