The YouF of Staple Hill show off fabulous new HQ
Published on: 24 Mar 2017
YOUNG and old alike are being encouraged to attend an open event which will showcase the transformation of the former Staple Hill School.
The You Foundation, which runs a youth project in the building, would like as many people as possible to come along to its open day to find out what the space can offer youngsters in the area.
The event will take place on Saturday April 1 from 12-2pm.
The You Foundation (YouF)was previously Staple Hill Methodist Youth Project, although the only link with the church was that the project was based at Hebron Methodist Church.
For years local councillors Shirley Potts and Ian Boulton had been campaigning for the young people of Staple Hill to have their own base for a youth club.
This was finally realised in January when the youth club moved into the former school following a £350,000 cash injection from South Gloucestershire Council.
Youth club sessions take place on Mondays, 7-8.30pm for Year 7, 8 and 9 aged children and 8.30 onwards for Year 10s and Thursdays from 8-10pm.
Activities include pool, table tennis, sports, games consoles, craft activities based on themes and cooking. Outreach sessions in the community take place on Wednesdays.
The building, which is also home to a Sure Start Centre, is run by trustees of the You Foundation, which finances youth provision by renting out space to other groups and organisations.
Trustees of the You Foundation are in the process of signing a lease for the building from the council.
Youth worker Rob Sharp, who runs sessions for young people with a team of workers, said: "It's a purpose built youth centre which Staple Hill has never had before. Previously we were always unpacking and packing things away at the end of a session. This new space is much more welcoming for young people. It's much more focused towards their needs. It's a great space for young people to have.
"The open day is a great chance for people to come and have a nose around! The building has a long history in Staple Hill and a lot of people used to go to school there. I'm sure they would be interested in coming along to see how the building has been repurposed and not lost. Families can also come along and see what facilities we have and what's on offer for young people."
You Foundation trustee Maggie Curtis, who set up Staple Hill Methodist Youth Project more than 15 years ago, said: "The building has had a complete refurb by the council and it's absolutely fabulous. It really is a wonderful space for young people."