Vision

Engaging and supporting young people through dynamic and creative youth work.

 Mission

Provide engaging experiences, facilitated by reliable, professional staff, that empower young people to make informed decisions that benefit their future, where everyone is recognised for their contribution.

Strategy

  • SAFE AND SUPPORTED:- Provide safe spaces for young people to work with friendly, approachable, and professional adults who will support and equip them to navigate life.
  • CHANCES:- Offer exciting, quality learning opportunities underpinned by youth work values, for young people and those working with them.
  • FAMILIAL:- Promote a fun, welcoming, and trusting atmosphere where young people are empowered to take ownership over the club, including at governance level.
  • RECOGNITION:- Recognise all individuals, whether young person or adult, for their abilities, skills, qualities, and contributions to WYPC and the wider community.
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History

Wolvercote Young People’s Club is rich in heritage. Founded in 1939 as a Boys’ Club, it was run for many years by a voluntary committee mainly consisting of enthusiastic parents and some prominent members of the local community. The committee secured grants to build new premises, purchase sports equipment and utilities and as the Club began to thrive it employed a professional youth worker. In the 1970s girls joined the Club, doubling it in size and continuing to grow in the 1980s.

In 2006, Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) took on full responsibility for both the building and the youth workers. The voluntary committee supported this work becoming the WYPC Charitable Trust through fundraising, running a minibus and setting up a Junior Club. On 31 August 2011, OCC withdrew all its funding and the WYPC Charitable Trust took over providing youth work and running the building. In January 2013 WYPC became a registered charity.

The club has seen many changes over the years. The most recent being the employment of a new Charity Manager in August 2021, with a new Senior Youth Worker in November of the same year. Since then we have streamlined our work and employed a bank youth work staff and volunteers to support our development. In January 2022, our governance structure was amended under the guidance of a new Chair of Trustees in order to make us more sustainable for the future.

With the changing picture of youth work, we’re currently working hard to implement a new daytime youth support hub in the heart of the community.

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IMPACT

The impact of our work is clear. Despite the difficulties faced by a global pandemic, Wolvercote Young People’s Club continues to grow, and the young people that attend really do demonstrate their keenness to be fully involved in the life of THEIR centre.  

Our Annual Report (left) demonstrates the resilience of the club whilst Covid-19 hit. Since that time, despite personnel changes, WYPC’s team has refocused its minds in light of local and government strategies around youth work, and is building up a strong provision for the future. 

Since reopening with a new youth work offer at the start of January 2022, we have doubled our membership within a month and now offer three open access sessions per week, as well as detached and outreach work, plus targeted interventions too, and we’ve some key partnerships building that will shore up our stability for the future.

WYPC continues to provide the young people attending their groups with a diverse program of activities with staff and volunteers who are skilled, passionate, and dedicated to their work. Since resuming their work [under the new leadership], the team have got the club moving in a really positive direction and I’m excited to see how the club grows.

James Edney

Youth Sector Development Coordinator, Oxfordshire Youth

Meet the Staff

Roy Peach
Charity Manager

Lindsay Daniel
Senior Youth Worker

Cathy Foot
Administrator

Clare O’Leary
Operations and Youth Work

Keeley
Casual Youth Worker (Holidays)

Lauren
Casual Youth Worker (Juniors)

Amy
Volunteer Youth Support Worker (Seniors)

Rhieve

Volunteer Youth Support Worker (Seniors)

Susan
Volunteer Youth Support Worker (Holidays)

Minty
Volunteer Youth Support Worker (Holidays)

Arthur

Young Leader

Cheryl
Casual Youth Worker (Seniors)

Advisory Group

Our Advisory Group isn’t like a standard ‘management committee’ – because we’re not there to manage the group. We see ourselves as working in partnership with the staff team on the frontline. We’re not there to manage their work but to provide support to ensure their plans can come to fruition.

We are building up a team of specialists in their own right to support in key strategic areas. In doing so, at any given time, our staff can call upon one, two, or the full compliment of people’s knowledge and skills available to them from a strong team of trusted volunteers who are striving for the very best outcomes for WYPC.

 

 

TRUSTEES

Dr Val Tate – Chair 

Jim Duthie – Vice Chair

Teresa Hall – Treasurer

Tony Hewlett

Carol Peaker

ADVISORY GROUP

The Trustees plus…

Pauline Wileman – Safeguarding

Ian Pinnell – Communications

Revd Kate Tuckett – Community

Andrew Fenton

City Councillor Liz Wade

County Councillor Andrew Gant

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Wolvercote Young People’s Club

St Peter’s Road

Oxford

OX2 8AU

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