Our BIG NEWS this week is to announce the acquisition of the former Club2Go Mobile Youth Project vehicle from the Lancashire Association of Boys & Girls Clubs thanks to the Russell Haldane Trust.
Currently, The Boathouse Youth delivers provision 4/5 times a week in the ‘FY1’ and ‘FY3’ postcodes from our Youth Centre in Bloomfield and our Satellite Youth Centre in Grange Park. It is our ultimate ambition to have Satellite Youth Centres across all of the ‘FY’ postcodes during the next 5-years.
However, in the meantime we would like to be able to provide something on a smaller scale that can access any community across the boroughs of Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde. Our new Mobile Youth Facility is perfect.
The vehicle is equipped with a variety of ‘mod-cons’ such HD televisions, games consoles and computers. In addition it has great welfare facilities such as fridge, kettle, microwave and hot/cold running water.
The BHY has a very good history and reputation of providing ‘Detached & Outreach’ work away from our Centre. Essentially, this is where our Youth Workers attend a local playing field or park and set-up our equipment for young people to engage with us and enjoy. We will complement the vehicle with our pre-exisiting resources such as Bouncy Castles, slides, football goals, rugby equipment and so on.
When the vehicle was not being used in Blackpool it would provide a great supplement to our residential activities – specifically the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and as a ‘Camp Base’ to provide hot drinks and first aid.
Tim Amor, a trustee for the Russell Haldane Trust said “Please accept our best wishes in this splendid venture!” and Frank Heald, a BHY Gold Patron and the Trust’s Founder simply said “I’m delighted”.
Over the next few months The BHY will be personalising the vehicle including a re-brand and some aesthetic renovations. We hope to launch our Mobile Youth Facility in Spring 2018.