"Be pro-active in improving resources for 'teenage' groups, young adults, parenting and working age groups"
Winsham Parish Plan-2014
A message from Winsham Parish Council Chairman, Jason Stevens:

Under the Parish Plan of 2014, one of the things the community asked for was the Council to consider the following: “Be pro-active in helping existing resources by …improving the resources for ‘teen’ age groups, young adults, parenting and working age groups” and deal with the “lack of provision for people in work or teenagers, both of whom would benefit from structured activities being provided within the Parish”.

 

This isn’t being provided as such at the moment – indeed, the Youth Café closed its doors in late 2013.  As part of the Parish Council’s ongoing review of the plan, we’ve taken another look at this to see what we can do, if at all.

 

Whilst there’s no club as such running in Winsham, there is one on our doorstep - Active Learning and Skills (ALS)!

ALS is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2008, currently delivering services for teenagers and children in Somerset and Dorset.  Delivering 12 regular evening sessions of exciting, fun-packed and relevant programmes, for different age groups, in the towns:

·       Chard: Chard Young People’s Centre (approx. 4 miles)

·       Crewkerne: The George Reynolds Centre (approx. 6 miles)

·       Ilminster: Ile Youth Centre (approx. 10 miles)

·       Bridport: Bridport Youth & Community Centre (approx. 12.5 miles)

Plus they have the ACE Learning programme - designed to help young people of secondary school age or older, who are not in (or struggling with) full time education and training, and YEP (Youth Enterprise Project).

For more details, telephone: 07711244357, or visit the website at: http://www.alsyouth.org.uk/.  To get a real flavour of the activities & services on offer, see here: https://www.alsyouth.org.uk/what-we-do/ace-learning/.

Remember though – we said “money off”! And it’s true!  At the Council meeting on 6th June 2017 the members unanimously resolved to offer subsidies to any activities booked with ALS.   Any subsidies will be considered on a case by case basis with proof of booking being evidenced, and it goes without saying applies to residents of Winsham Parish only.

So hesitate no more, please take a look at what ALS do, and get yourself involved – remember – Winsham Parish Council can help make the activities more affordable!

Second to the point, if anybody knows of somebody with the relevant clearances and police checks that would be willing to grasp the mantle of setting up and running a similar ‘youth café’ and possible children’s workshop, and to then please get in touch.  We would like to have something that runs in the heart of the Parish – ultimately it doesn’t matter what community building it’s held in – and this would be the closest match to the plan.  We haven’t found the right person yet, but we are listening! Therefore if there is anybody out there you are aware of that could do this, please contact the Parish Clerk in the first instance on #30441, or by email on winshampc@hotmail.co.uk.

Jason Stevens

Chairman, Winsham Parish Council

Winsham has a long record of organising youth groups over the years, ranging from Boy Scouts and Girl Guide groups in the 1920s and 1930s to Youth Clubs and the Youth Cafe in this Millennium. All require the active support of committed adults

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