What We Do
As a specialist based organisation, the SLYC has an established track record of addressing the needs of children and young people at risk of child poverty Samuel Lithgow runs four different free Youth Projects: (i) Senior Youth Club (12+); (ii) Junior Youth Club (8 – 12); (iii) Holiday Programme (10 – 18); (iv) Sport Educate Homework Club (10 – 14). However, SLYC also deliver its own activities for the wider community, such as a Free Cyber Café and Mixed Gym Sessions. All activities are free of charge. Additionally, the Centre is also being used by several groups who also deliver free activities every week; such as fitness classes for BME women, gym sessions for over 50’s, an Under 5’s Drop In, and badminton sessions during weekends.
Each one of those programmes offers an array of different activities focusing on ICT, Training, Education and Employment; Health, Sports, and Leisure. (LINK to Programme of Activities).
The Youth Programme is centred on current youth projects (Junior and Senior Youth Clubs, Holiday Programme and Homework Club) (LINK to JYC, SYC, Holiday Programme and Homework Club) and is carried out on a face-to-face basis (although, whenever required, children, young people, or parents, will be referred to or, signposted, to others (i.e. Social Services, Youth Offending Services, Youth Pupil Referral Unit).
All activities delivered for the other programmes (BMEs, the unemployed and Senior Citizens) have either a facilitator(s) or trainer (s) to run the classes (but sometimes both or other workers are be required – i.e. crèche workers; nutritionists, cooks; volunteers) and, whenever required / possible users will be referred / signposted to other requested or advisable services. SLYC also provide information and advice to the wider community, and not necessarily only users, who come to the Centre for help and guidance (i.e. information on mainstream and statutory services; schools, and voluntary organisations).