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New full-time Youth & Community Development Manager

As we move into the Christmas break, we are delighted to announce that Petworth Youth Association has appointed Dan Sneller as our new, full-time youth & Community Development Manager, starting in the New Year.

Dan has over 12 years youth work experience in a wide variety of roles including running the Purple Bus and, latterly, working in the Early Help team at West Sussex County Council. As well as this depth of skills and expertise, Dan brings great great passion and commitment to see a better future for the young people of Petworth and the surrounding villages.

Everyone who has worked alongside Dan over the past year on the Greenpower Project has also seen first hand his great enthusiasm and creativity. We are absolutely delighted to have him head up our team of sessional youth workers and volunteers. You can get in touch with him at (from 2nd January!)  

Caroline will still be in post as Centre Manager working alongside Dan.
This term we have had over 70 young people registered and over 800 visits to the Senior Youth Club across our 4 weekly sessions.

(this doesn’t include the 30+ young people attending “Evolve” on Tuesdays!)

Thank you to all our friends, volunteers & supporters who have given such encouragement, practical & financial help over the past year—we really appreciate all that you have done!

We hope you  have a  Christmas full of hope, joy & peace.
Keeping Fit & Eating Well
This term we have been focusing on physical well-being, giving opportunities for young people to become more physically active, and the chance to practice skills to prepare healthy meals and snacks.
Thanks to a £500 “Magic Little Grant” from Local Giving, the back of our games court has been transformed into a mini-gym area.
With a treadmill, exercise bikes, cross-trainers, rowing machines , a sit-up bench and weights, there’s really no excuse not to get active at some point during the week:) Local lad James Purves has come in and run 3 fitness sessions, motivating us all to become more active.
On Tuesday afternoons, Sandra Thomas has been running  our after-school cookery club where young people work together to make and eat a range of healthy snacks and meals.

This term they have learned how to make—from scratch—blueberry and almond muffins, pizza, lemon drizzle muffins, scotch pancakes, macaroni cheese, chicken fajitas, chicken stir-fry, spaghetti carbonara, tortilla pizza calzone, cottage pie, apple crumble, bacon omelette and Christmas chocolate fudge muffins.

The young people needed no help at all when it came to eating all of these tasty treats!
A huge “Thank you” to the Petworth Community Craft Group for all of their fundraising for the Youth Centre this year. There has been a whole year of clever crafting and expert selling at Farmer’s Markets, special events and the Petworth Christmas Market.
With a lot of very hard work from lots of people, they have raised an astonishing £2,500 for the Youth Club over the year! We will be having a special event at the Youth Club on Monday 13th January at 6pm to say thank you in person to everyone who helped with this mammoth fundraising effort on our behalf.
The race is on … for our Greenpower team of young people to build their new custom designed racing car ready for the first track day of the season at Goodwood Motor Circuit the end of April.
The team have made fantastic progress on their new custom build new electric racing car which has been sponsored by HWM Aston Martin, Walton on Thames.

The upstairs store room has been cleared out, creating indoor workshop space. Work has begun on the chassis and on the “mock up” plywood bodywork. This is needed to get the final dimensions for the build absolutely correct before working with the much more expensive, lightweight body panels and shell.

The construction and build will really pick up pace in the new year and the first session back on 8th January will be a Greenpower only session to allow the team to focus on the big challenge ahead next term. To complete the build on-time and in budget will require great effort and teamwork from everyone involved. We are hugely grateful to Nigel and Edward for their help over the course of the year to work alongside coaching and encouraging the young people.

We still have space for new members for next year’s Greenpower team—particularly those with an interest in mechanics, product design and mechanical engineering. Come on Wednesdays from 6:30pm onwards to have a look around and meet the team. 
Last, but definitely not least we are delighted to announce our new “Power to the People” Project with Hyde Housing which will start in January 2020.
In November, we were delighted to hear that the Hyde Charitable Trust have awarded us a one year grant of £20,000 to fund a range of activities for young people at the Sylvia Beaufoy Centre as part of Hyde’s “Successful Places” funding programme. This is the main reason why we have taken the bold step of appointing Dan as our full-time Youth & Community Development Manager. A key part of Dan’s role will be to spearhead this new “Power to the People” programme designed to empower young people and equip them for a better future.

The project will support young people into volunteering, and help them move forward in their life and career goals. We will be providing structured training workshops in key life and work skills as well as facilitating opportunities which open up more options for part or full-time employment.

Over the course of the year we will run 10 workshops aimed at giving meaningful qualifications to equip young people to take on responsibility and to boost their commercial and entrepreneurial skills. In January we will be launching an exciting youth club based “Youth Enterprise Programme”. Young people taking part will be able to design & source their own range of products and take responsibility for business planning, marketing and selling—and making a profit in the process! Initial ideas are for a product line with a strong eco-theme, reducing plastic waste.

Thanks for reading! Please do forward our email to others who are interested in keeping up to date with our plans and progress - thank you!

Youth club will be closed over Christmas and the New Year. Our first session back will be Wednesday 8th Jan at 6:30pm which will be a Greenpower only session.

We will restart our normal pattern on Monday 13th Jan opening for school years 7 & above on:

Monday Evenings 6:30-9pm Open Drop-in  

Wednesday Evenings 6:30-9pm Greenpower & Youth Drop-in

Tuesday afternoons 4-6pm Study Space & Cookery Project

Thursdays 4-6pm Study Space & New Youth Enterprise Project

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