Vision 2030 and Stanley’s Youth Club point Sandwell’s young people to a better future
Published 11th October 2021
Stanley’s Youth Club is celebrating the work of its volunteers and group members supporting each other as we look towards a post-pandemic future.
Funded by the Vision 2030 grant which is delivered by Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) on behalf of Sandwell Council, the group have worked together after the first waves of Covid-19 helping to support each other’s physical and mental well-being following the struggles young people faced throughout this difficult time.
The club works with 31 young people and holds activities including physical activity and sports taster sessions, art, music and educational sessions as well as days trips to places such as Edgmond Hall.
The club exists to actively encourage young people to become involved and engaged in purposeful and fulfilling leisure activities, to demonstrate and share good practice of working with young people and to engage and work with other community organisations to further improve the provision of Stanley’s Youth club.
The club, which was opened in 2017 by Sue Powis, is supported by two other adults and four 16+ teenage volunteers. The club runs on Tuesdays 6.15p.m - 8.15p.m at the Knowle building, Dudley Road Rowley Regis. Sue’s dad Stanley Powis, after whom the club is named and who was present at the opening, sadly passed away in January 2021.
Sue said: “We have a great group of young people and dedicated volunteers at Stanley’s. The Vision 2030 grant has enabled us to ensure the children can make up for lost time post lockdown. Visits to Edgmond Hall and use of a sports hall in a local secondary school have enabled the group to enjoy and explore open spaces and be involved in team building and physical games and activities.
“It is very rewarding to see how much enjoyment these youngsters are having, with increased freedom of socialising with friends and participating in leisure activities. These are key to maintaining positive mental/physical wellbeing and I feel that these opportunities will impact upon them well into the future.”
Faith, who along with siblings Danny and Lacey, has attended the club since it opened four years ago, said: “Since coming out of lockdown, going to the club has improved the wellbeing of many of us. By securing a grant, it’s given us opportunities and experiences we could’ve only dreamed of just a few years ago.”
Councillor Kerrie Carmichael, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and communities: “Stanley’s Youth Club is a shining example of how Vision 2030 funding can help young people seek new opportunities, take part in new activities and gain a better understanding of the potential they have to make a brighter future for themselves and their communities.
“No-one can deny that without organisations such as Stanley’s Youth club our young people’s horizons would be much more limited.”
You can find out more about Vision 2030 on the council website here.