CHARITY FUNDRAISING EVENTS
Our young people are very passionate about learning, discussing and supporting the work of charities locally and on a national basis. So far this year we have focussed on Breast Cancer Awareness, Moovember, Anti-bullying and mental health awareness.
We held themed weeks, set challenges and raised much needed funds for these causes.
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
On Thursday 17th February 2022 it was Act of Random Kindness Day. For this we asked the young people who attend the activities at Wendover Youth Centre to come up with an idea what they could do for this day. The young people decided to create artwork and choose a gift (Chocolate or candles) to give to members of the local community which St Mary’s church helped us to identify.
Sixteen members of the community received gifts. It was great to see the time and effort the young people put into creating the artwork and the reaction of those community members when they received their unexpected gifts.
See our report for more photos
foodbank donation week
During this Covid-19 Pandemic key partners in the community including Wendover Youth Centre, Wendover Parish Council, Churches Together in Wendover and the Wendover Foodbank partnered together to run four Foodbank Donation Weeks in Wendover.
Over these three weeks a combined total of 2000kg of food was donated to the foodbank. The Chiltern foodbank who run and oversee the Wendover foodbank said what a fantastic effort this was especially in a time of high demand.
This is now a regular event at the youth centre with the next collection week planned for March 2022.
Wendover Youth Centre has been running the Youth festival each year since 2015. The festival is an event where local young people are encouraged to come with their friends and family to participate in a range of activities run by different partners and organisations including sport, inflatables and challenges.
We were unable to run the event in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic however we were back with a bang in September 2021 and are already planning for a bigger and better festival in 2022!
pen pal scheme
In March 2020 when the first Covid-19 pandemic lockdown was in place. Wendover Youth Centre and St Marys Church spoke with young people who attend both youth provisions. The young people wanted to take part in some social action to support the community in what was a difficult time for all. Their idea was a pen pal scheme where they would write letters to individuals who were may be feeling vulnerable, lonely or isolated during the lockdown. We received funding from The Local Councillor Covid-19 emergency fund and the National Lottery Local Connection fund to help run the scheme.
The pen pal scheme involved a total of 25 young people and 25 adult individuals. The scheme started in March and continued through 2020 into 2021. In the summer a scrapbook was printed of the letters for each person to keep as a reminder. We also held an afternoon tea party at the centre so pen pals could meet in person.
FREE HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES
In the October 2021 Half Term Holiday WYC teamed up with Active-in Bucks and Wendover Community Board to provide free sports and activity sessions for 10-17 year olds. These were held on the Ashbrook Recreation Grounds each afternoon finishing the week with a session held at the Youth Centre.
It was a very successful collaboration and great fun. We hope to work together again on similar projects in the future.