SPACE Shot's been busy during the Autumn and Winter planning a new schedule of regular sessions and activities for young people in Ernesettle and producing our biggest young person-led community fund-raising project so far.
However, our Autumn started with a major move for Barefoot, swopping our office at Marjon (our home for the past 15 years) for new premises at the Ernesettle SPACE Centre. Barefoot and SPACE Shot are now firmly embedded in the Ernesettle community, with all staff within shouting distance of each other! Our heartfelt thanks to the University of St Mark and St John for years of support. We'll continue to work with the university via everything from student placements to evaluation and research.
As these things do, the Autumn became an extended run up to Christmas and both the Ernesettle Community Christmas Fair and the first major project for our new wave of SPACE Shot Young Women's Group members. As the last group bowed out with a 'biggie' (their Dartmoor residential at Prince's Hall), the new group wanted to start in style. Thanks to youth worker Daisy's contacts with Plymouth Women's Refuge, a visit from a refuge representative inspired the young women's group to provide Christmas stockings for children spending Christmas in the refuge with their Mums. To provide stockings required research and funds, so ages and genders were obtained and a fund-raising plan devised that included contacting Plymouth businesses for support, making jewellery to sell at the forthcoming Christmas Fair and preparing for a raffle at the same event. The outcome was over £300 raised, as well as generous donations for stockings and the raffle from businesses, and (after a major shopping trip) a car-load of individualised stockings plus a sack of 'extras' that was passed on to Santa just before the great day. For children who thought the man in red wouldn't know where to find them it was a brilliant surprise and much appreciated by them, their Mum's and the staff at the Plymouth Refuge.
The second Ernesettle Community Christmas Fair was also a resounding success, with SPACE Shot young people and youth workers providing everything from Santa's elves to raffle staff. Even Santa acknowledged SPACE Shot's help in getting him there!
For the SPACE Shot Young Men's group a brand new initiative took them into the New Year as non contact boxing sessions got underway in early February, giving the opportunity to learn new skills, get fit and learn self-control without getting damaged! Masterminded by youth worker Jon, the sessions are delivered by Plymouth Sports Academy at St Aidan's church hall.
Our new February 2016 SPACE Shot schedule is now in operation, developed from the needs and wants expressed by the young people we work with. It is:
5.00 - 6.30pm (11+) Young Women's Group (SPACE Centre)
6.30 - 8.00pm (13+) Young Men's Group - non-contact boxing (St Aidan's)
4.00 - 5.20pm (11-13) Open access Junior Youth Club (SPACE)
5.30 - 6.50pm (13+) Open access Senior youth club (SPACE)
7.20 - 8.00pm (13+) Closed Senior youth club (SPACE)
6.00 - 8.00pm (11+) Dance with Exim (St Aidan's)
5.30 - 6.30pm (11+) Football with Devon FA (MUGA on the Green) temporarily suspended for Feb 2016 due to the weather conditions
6.30 - 7.30pm (11+) Open access youth club (SPACE)