Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

www.naycacuk.co.uk

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Why is our work essential for
young people?
There is ever decreasing access to nature
and green spaces for our young people.
Our practical environmental work and
its underpinning ethos of using nature
as our classroom is essential in raising
awareness of the impact our society is
having on the planet. Teaching young
people – who are vital to the push for
change and new strategies – in this
outdoor spaces fosters in them a sense
of responsibility for their community
and environment, be it local or global.
Our young people are key to
combating climate change, and the
only true way of increasing awareness
of this is to encourage them to see and
benefit first hand from their positive
actions by contributing to sustainability
and conservation projects.
Mental health concerns are on the
rise for young people, and we find
that our work encourages an increase
in self-esteem, allows them to
embrace opportunities for empathy
and empowers them to play a part
in improving their local community
and its assets. Our provisions help
our young people to focus on the
wider world and encourage them to
resist the draw of negative and risky
behaviours, instead providing them
with opportunities to concentrate on
their own mental wellbeing.
Our education system has for many
years forced schools to focus purely on
academic learning, disenfranchising
masses of young people who need to
learn through a kinaesthetic approach.
There is a recognised shortage of
young people with vocational skills.
In particular, our construction and
hair and beauty provisions and their
county-wide success aim to fill this void
and inspire young people to access
careers that provide vital services, thus
enhancing our society.
Some subjects, key to the enhancement
of society, can only be taught to their
full potential by putting hands into soil
or onto tools, and this sadly has been
undermined – possibly even forgotten.
With a rapidly growing demand for
educational health care plans to support
young people, one can only look to
current societal pressures and the lack of
funding available to children and family
services to explain the need for drastic
change to the educational and young
people’s sector. Foolish though it may
seem from our business perspective,
we welcome the day that young
people across Leicestershire no longer
need our support at EnstructTraining.
Our provisions
help our young
people to
focus on the
wider world
and encourage
them to resist
the draw of
negative and
risky
behaviours,
instead
providing them
with
opportunities
to concentrate
on their own
mental
wellbeing
Inspired and inspiring
young people
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EDUCATION SERVICES
Our Whitemoor Lakes activity
centre, catering for 300 young
people, opposite the National
Memorial Arboretum in
Staffordshire
Young people enjoying a sailing
activity on the lake at Whitemoor
Youth clubs and projects often act as a crucial pillar of
support for young people during particularly formative
stages. With a network of over 300 affiliated clubs and
projects, NAYC strives to enable every young person it works
with to reach their full potential. Key to its approach is the use
of residential experiences, something it has championed since
it first established The Ranch in 1974. Chief Executive John
Whittaker tells
The Parliamentary Review
about their efforts to
encourage leadership and ensure every young person can look
forward to a positive future.
NAYC was established in 1961 to help young people especially, but not exclusively,
through their leisure time activities to develop their physical, mental and spiritual
capacities. The aim is that this helps them to grow to full maturity as individuals
and members of society.
With a mission of releasing potential, we provide local early intervention and residential
activity opportunities for young people on a national level. NAYC, staying true to its
values, has developed a sustainable model for releasing potential in young people.
Early intervention
We are affiliated with over 300 youth groups and projects and we continue to
see this number rise, with new groups affiliating each month. The formats of our
groups vary from traditional youth groups – with pool tables and tuck shops – to
specialist groups like music and sports clubs.
FACTS ABOUT
NORTHAMPTONSHIRE
ASSOCIATION OF YOUTH CLUBS
»Chief Executive:
JohnWhittaker
»Founded in 1961
»Located in Northampton
»Services: Local early
intervention and residential
activity opportunity for young
people on a national level
»No. of employees: 250, 40
volunteers
Northamptonshire Association
of Youth Clubs
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Youth groups are more important than
ever before, and in increasing need
of a safe place to go. Our chairman,
on visiting a local prison, spoke to a
young man who shared his story. With
nothing to do on his estate, he went
on the streets and caused a nuisance,
took and sold drugs and ended up in
prison. The man commented, “If only
there had been somewhere to go, like
a youth club.”
Our youth clubs provide the safe
nurturing space in which young
people can be themselves, have
fun with their peers, experience
new activities, learn new skills and
prepare themselves for their future.
At this formative early stage, young
people are provided with guidance
and support to enable them to take
positive steps towards reaching their
full potential.
Our staff visit the groups and lead
engaging activities as well as various
development programmes on issues
facing young people, from drug and
alcohol abuse to mental health and
wellbeing. Our Bitesize Wellbeing
programme is delivered at the youth
group in ten short sessions designed
to cover the key elements of wellbeing
and providing the skills for the young
person to thrive.
Funding has been eroded for early
intervention and what is left has been
moved to targeted support with high
thresholds. We have continued to be
successful through our belief in local
volunteers. Our model, using such
volunteers, provides a stable platform
upon which groups are run, catering
for local young people. We provide
support for these leaders from the
outset, in training, for events, and
within a wider network. This has
ensured NAYC groups are available
throughout Northamptonshire despite
the funding having long disappeared.
Sustainability
Through the strategies we employ to
achieve our aim, we have developed
a number of major facilities, including
Whitemoor Lakes, Pioneer Centre and
King’s Park Conference and Sports
Centre. Whitemoor and Pioneer each
provide adventure activities, with modern
purpose-built accommodation for over
300 young people, which is utilised by
schools, youth organisations, special
needs groups, those with life-threatening
illness and young people at risk.
Young gymnasts
performing
The Greatest
Show
at our Benham
Sports Centre in
Northampton
Our Bitesize
Wellbeing
programme is
delivered at
the youth
group in ten
short sessions
designed to
cover the key
elements of
wellbeing and
providing the
skills for the
young person
to thrive
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Youth groups are more important than
ever before, and in increasing need
of a safe place to go. Our chairman,
on visiting a local prison, spoke to a
young man who shared his story. With
nothing to do on his estate, he went
on the streets and caused a nuisance,
took and sold drugs and ended up in
prison. The man commented, “If only
there had been somewhere to go, like
a youth club.”
Our youth clubs provide the safe
nurturing space in which young
people can be themselves, have
fun with their peers, experience
new activities, learn new skills and
prepare themselves for their future.
At this formative early stage, young
people are provided with guidance
and support to enable them to take
positive steps towards reaching their
full potential.
Our staff visit the groups and lead
engaging activities as well as various
development programmes on issues
facing young people, from drug and
alcohol abuse to mental health and
wellbeing. Our Bitesize Wellbeing
programme is delivered at the youth
group in ten short sessions designed
to cover the key elements of wellbeing
and providing the skills for the young
person to thrive.
Funding has been eroded for early
intervention and what is left has been
moved to targeted support with high
thresholds. We have continued to be
successful through our belief in local
volunteers. Our model, using such
volunteers, provides a stable platform
upon which groups are run, catering
for local young people. We provide
support for these leaders from the
outset, in training, for events, and
within a wider network. This has
ensured NAYC groups are available
throughout Northamptonshire despite
the funding having long disappeared.
Sustainability
Through the strategies we employ to
achieve our aim, we have developed
a number of major facilities, including
Whitemoor Lakes, Pioneer Centre and
King’s Park Conference and Sports
Centre. Whitemoor and Pioneer each
provide adventure activities, with modern
purpose-built accommodation for over
300 young people, which is utilised by
schools, youth organisations, special
needs groups, those with life-threatening
illness and young people at risk.
Young gymnasts
performing
The Greatest
Show
at our Benham
Sports Centre in
Northampton
Our Bitesize
Wellbeing
programme is
delivered at
the youth
group in ten
short sessions
designed to
cover the key
elements of
wellbeing and
providing the
skills for the
young person
to thrive
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EDUCATION SERVICES
Our staff organise challenging,
adventurous activities, while coaching
and teaching young people to face
their fears and overcome concerns.
King’s Park in Northampton is the
headquarters of our charity, offering
even more opportunity in terms of
sports and conference facilities, being
the largest indoor sports facilities
locally. It offers a wide range of
fabulous facilities that can be used
to keep young people occupied. The
conference centre provides for the
training of youth leaders, serving
faith and community groups, schools,
special needs and international
groups. Not only do these centres
aid us in our endeavours, but they
also continue to invest, using their
surplus to further our work with
youngpeople.
We have believed in the power of
a residential experience ever since
the development of our first centre,
The Ranch in Wales, back in 1974.
The residential experience takes
young people away from their
everyday environment and provides
opportunities for them to become
positive about the future. This work
specifically offers those living in
poverty and difficult circumstances,
and those at risk, the opportunity to
develop their character, independence,
teamwork and self-confidence –
breaking the chain of boredom,
truancy, vandalism, addiction, petty
crime and drugs.
Releasing potential
Our Emerging Leaders programme
empowers young people via a
residential experience. We provide
learning opportunities and resources,
while blending challenging activities
and training sessions to fully harness
personal development. The programme
enables young people to develop skills
for life, helping them not just as a
leader in their youth group but also in
their school andcommunity.
The residential
experience takes
young people
away from their
everyday
environment
and provides
opportunities for
them to become
positive about
the future
John Whittaker, current CEO and son of Founder Reverend Harry
Whittaker says, “My father spoke to young people and the local
community and then arranged for a meeting place [and] volunteers
to start a youth group. He did this across Northamptonshire, and we
have been doing the same thing ever since – setting up youth groups
and youth facilities.”
“Emerging Leaders has given our young leaders the skills and
confidence to lead activities with our members. They return from the
weekends full of inspiration and energy. Emerging Leaders builds self-
esteem and teamwork.” – Bugbrooke youth club leader
Young people playing
sports at our Benham
Sports Centre
The young people build skills
in communication, enthusiasm,
initiative, leadership, organisation,
problem-solving, creativity, teamwork
and confidence — all of which help
them to stand out from the crowd,
whether in school, community
oremployment.
We look ahead with confidence, not
based on what we have developed
or achieved but by focusing on the
Christian principles upon which
the charity has been built. We will
continue to provide opportunities for
young people by ensuring that our
values are maintained: faith – the
motivation of our work; and serving –
meeting the needs of others.

www.naycacuk.co.uk

This article was sponsored by Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development