How we do it…
We provide a range of weekly sessions, school-holiday provision and residential experiences throughout the year. All of our provision is completely free-of-charge. There are no subscriptions or joining fees and subsequently the children are not reliant on their parents to participate. In return for the provision, we do seek our members “repayment” through good behaviour and commitment to The BHY. Children are also encouraged to volunteer and assist.
Our BHY Staff Team are highly trained and have the best interests of our young people as their main focus. In many cases they are the only positive role-models in the lives of our members and they want to make a difference.
We have our own dedicated premises in the heart of the Bloomfield community and since July 2017 have shared the space of Boundary Primary School on the Grange Park estate.
We are providing facilities and services that are tailor-made to help break the cycle of deprivation and poverty. These experiences increase aspirations, boost confidence and enhance employability.
Since 2009 more than 2000 different children and young people have benefited from the services of The Boathouse Youth. A number which continues to grow. Many of the children and young people who started attended at the age of 10/11 are now in their first years of being adult leaders with some gaining paid-employment within the charity. This is fantastic news – we believe those who have benefited are the best-placed to carry the organisation forward.
“I always consider it a privilege to lead such a wonderful and life-changing organisation. I believe the key to our success with young people is how strongly we demonstrate our three core values of love, respect and discipline at every stage of their journey with us. It is my view that if we are consistent in this approach then these values will, inevitably, be deported by our young people into areas of their lives and this is the true impact of our work.” Laurance Hancock, Chief Executive