OLDER PEOPLE

Our youth club is headed up by the only paid member of staff, Roy, the Youth Worker. Without our dedicated team of volunteers though we simply couldn’t function.

Roy is an award-winning professionally-qualified Youth Worker who has lived and worked in Oxford all his life. He restarted KYC in June 2017 when it was at a point of permanent closure, and has led it ever since. With more than 20 years experience working with children and young people of all ages through work (education, local authority, charities) and volunteer roles (Scouts and theatre), he’s the ideas chap who usually clocks up his 10,000 steps just walking round the building during sessions.

His focus has always been on young people’s wellbeing with his dissertation on mental health and the affects of mindfulness on disaffected youth. He owns his own youth wellbeing mentoring business, is currently Youth Engagement Manager for arts organisation Justice in Motion, and is a published writer. He likes cream teas (or any cake) and hot chocolate.

Roy is Lead First Aider and one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads.

The rest of our youth work team is made up of adult volunteers who want to make a difference. We have had workers change careers as a result of joining us (becoming social workers), and you can do as much or as little you want if you’re going to get involved.

About

We are a self-funded youth club located in Kennington, Oxford, open since 1941. Following a period of closure, in 2017, we reopened under a professionally-qualified Youth Worker, bringing a clear vision, and fresh ideas. We achieved national accreditation within three months of opening. Hundreds of young people have passed through the doors. We try not to be exclusive but we have to limit the numbers due to the number of adults available to help run sessions, as well as space in the building.

We charge an annual administration fee of £15 per young person (discounts for multiple-sibling and low income households), plus weekly fee of £2 for the weeks attended. You can pay for a term but no refunds are possible if you do not attend. We will not exclude on cost grounds so please do speak to us in confidence if this may be a concern. 

Volunteers

Please click the plus sign next to each to see their responsiblities.

Claire Lee, General Committee Member

– Sits on the committee.

Donna Shayler, Buildings Administration

– Co-ordinates buildings and maintenance administration, liaising with trades as necessary.

Gemma Jackson, Youth Support Worker

Supports Junior youth work sessions

Jenny Forder, Youth Support Worker

– Support youth work sessions.

Katie Whelan-Matthews, Chair/DSL/H&S Rep

– Support the Youth Worker to manage the club.
– Lead on the development of the Committee.
– Ensure that Trustees fulfil their legal duties.
– Oversee Health and Safety.
– Tuck shop replenishment.

Kerri Morse, Fundraising and Cleaning

– Support the coordination of fundraising events.
– Cleaning of premises.

Kevin Saunders, Youth Support Worker

Supports youth work sessions

Laura Bayliss, Secretary

– Oversees administration practice and procedure for the club.
– Prepares agenda and minutes for meetings.

Martin Feather, Parish Councillor

Represent the young people and youth club at parish council meetings.

Matthew Earl, Youth Support Worker

– Supports youth work sessions.
– Bike maintenance lead.

Mattias Schorberg, Youth Support Worker

Supports Junior youth work sessions

Rachel Jamieson, Treasurer

– Present financial reports for the committee to understand financial position.
– Support the Youth Worker to prepare budgets.

Roy King, Youth Club Rep on Village Hall Committee

– Represent the youth club at village hall committee meetings.

Susie Peddle, Youth Support Worker

– Supports weekend and holiday activities.
– Supports programme planning.
– Supports fundraising events.

Vickie Ward, Trustee/DSL/DPO

– Oversee safeguarding and wellbeing practices.

– Act as Data Protection Officer.

– Coordinate parental engagement.

– Manage licensing and kitchen H&S.

Joining Info

We are not exclusive but we are limited to how many young people can legally be in the hall during sessions. We therefore ask, where possible, all young people register using the button below in order to monitor numbers and not disappoint anybody. Once registered, further information is provided about how the club operates.
Please note, once invited in, if we do not hear from you within six weeks, we will remove your details. If we invite you in, the email may go to a spam folder, so do check carefully.

 All young people MUST have a completed registration form in order to be able to attend sessions. Club must hold up to date information in case of emergencies. No details – no attending.

Key Club Info

All regular adults are DBS checked.
All regular adults receive safeguarding training.
Minimum of two first aiders per session.
One-off parent helpers are not left unsupervised.
Full working alarm system and fire extinguishers throughout.
Fire drills held a minimum of three times per year.

Safeguarding and Wellbeing

We take the wellbeing of our young people and adults very seriously. Our Designated Safeguarding Leads are:

Roy Peach – Vickie Ward – Katie Whelan-Matthews

They can be contacted during sessions or via email on kycwellbeing@gmail.com

Health and Safety Representative
Katie Whelan-Matthews (Chair)

Policies

We have a range of policies. These can be found HERE.
Note: This page is currently being updated.

Help

We need support in many different ways, and you will have a skill we can use. You don’t have to help during sessions. Our team has a variety of backgrounds, but we’d love to be able to build on that, providing a greater voice to more of the community and more opportunities for young people. If you are interested, please get in touch.