Phoenix Youth Project

The Phoenix Youth Project can announce that it is re-opening it’s three youth centres from 6th July.

Lets go back three months when we had to close the doors. We never imaged that we would have ever closed our youth club doors. But on 23rd March it became illegal to open our doors. By the end of that week we had our virtual youth club up running. In all over 100 young people have accessed this provision. We expanded to have a 7 day a week service. In April I was quoted to say, ‘at the minute I think any young person who is vulnerable or low on self esteem or has mental health issues, none of that’s going away. Even people with strong bodies and minds are finding life hard at the minute.’ It’s important to remember how quickly life changed and how restricted this was. Young people spend the most leisure time outside the home and suddenly they we’re at home permanently. This had a huge effect on all young people. We ran 17 sessions across 7 days utilising video conferencing for our virtual youth club, offering DJ, quiz, gaming, bingo sessions per week. This enabled young people to have contact with their friends and their trusted youth workers, this made a big difference. It was about getting young people logging on and giving them something to do. There’s only so much Netflix you could watch.

This was then, now we look forward to re-opening and getting back to normal(ish). We are re-opening our three youth centres but with one meter plus social distancing and strict cleaning regimes. That doesn’t sound fun does it, but neither did video communications. But the creativity of our youth workers and the eagerness of our young people to see us made it work. Now our challenge is to keep everyone safe but to create a fun environment. We will have our pool tables open, Xbox consoles working, Wi-fi access and music playing, but many other things won’t be in use just yet. We want our young people and parents to feel this is safe but also fun.

The Phoenix Youth Project runs three youth centres in Cleator Moor, Frizington and Moor Row. Moor Row Centre is open on Monday evenings. Cleator Moor Youth and Community Centre is open every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evening. Frizington Youth Centre is open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. Moor Row Youth Club is open every Monday evening. All evening sessions with the exception of Friday evening sessions run between 6pm and 9pm, with 8 – 12 year olds attending between 6pm and 7:30pm and 13 – 19 year olds attending between 7:30pm and 9pm. The Friday sessions run between 6pm and 8pm for 12 – 19 year olds.

We are seeking additional funding to purchase additional games and equipment to make our youth centres even better. If you would like to find out more about our re-opening or can donate to us please do not hesitate to get in contact with us paul.rowe@phoenixyouthproject.org.uk or follow them on Facebook.

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