What does this service do?
The aim of The Brunswick Club for Young People is to provide a safe and friendly environment in which young people can develop their physical, creative, mental, and social skills through their leisure time activities.
The Club is a purpose built youth centre offering educational and leisure facilities to children and young people, aged 8-19 years, from low income families resident in Hammersmith & Fulham. The Club provides services six days a week, 45 weeks of the year, has a membership of over 650 children and young people and an average daily attendance of 85.
Currently we provide:
• a three day a week Senior Youth Club for young people in school years 7+;
• a two day a week Junior Youth Club for children in school years 3-6;
• a weekly girls group for young women in school years 7+;
• a weekly after school club for children aged 8-16 years with moderate learning difficulties;
• a weekly table tennis club for children in school years 2-6;
• seven boys football teams from Under 9s to Under 15s;
• seven weeks of Junior holiday activity schemes for children in school years 3-6;
• an annual weekend residential to Hindleap Warren Outdoor Education & Activity Centre in East Sussex for the whole Club;
• a variety of personal self-development workshops.
All of our services make use of the extensive, recently refurbished activities at the Club, which include a youth activity and games area, a screening room, a meeting room, a kitchen, a sports hall, a martial arts gym, a fitness gym, an outdoor decking area and a floodlit, all weather, 3G, 7-a-side football pitch.
Who is this service available to?
The Brunswick Club for Young People is open to any child or young person, aged 8-19 years, who wishes to take part in any of our activities. 95% of our current membership live within a 30 minute walk of the Club. The majority come from low income households who have little or no access to affordable activities outside of their school.
How do you access this service?
The Brunswick Club for Young People is an open access service. Membership is free and open to any child who wishes to join. All our services are widely advertised and fees are kept as low as possible, giving all children and young people who wish to take part the chance to do so.
How do we ensure the quality of this service?
In March 2013 we were awarded a ‘Bronze Level London Youth Quality Mark, a quality assurance scheme, a programme accredited by City and Guilds.’To monitor our services we record the number and type of activities we provide and the number, age, gender, ethnicity and postcode of the children and young people who take part. To evaluate our services we distribute questionnaires and surveys, hold informal and formal conversations with participants and keep a record of staff and volunteer observations.
We combine these into regular monitoring and evaluation reports for distribution to funders and other appropriate bodies.We have a robust equal opportunity policy, through which we aim to ensure that none of the children or young people who use our services are unfairly treated and that any barriers which may prevent any child or young person from taking part in any of our activities are promptly addressed. Our staff have varied backgrounds but all are experienced and skilled in working with children. All our staff and volunteers are DBS checked, provided with child protection training and take part in regular supervision and team meetings.