AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
The object for which the Samuel Lithgow Youth Centre (SLYC) is formed is to promote the personal and social education of young people, especially these in poor circumstances in or near the London Borough of Camden. This shall be done through programmes of social, cultural, physical and recreational pursuits to enable them to develop a range of social and life skills so that they may behave as responsible citizens.
Secondary objects has been added to Companies House as follows:
‘At such times as the Company’s premises are not being used to further the objects set out in (a) above:
(i) To advance the education of the public, especially those living in the London Borough of Camden, by providing facilities for and training in sports and providing training in specific skills such as information technology and assertiveness
(ii) To provide facilities for the public, especially those living in the London Borough of Camden, for recreation or other leisure time occupation in the interests of social welfare.’
About the Centre
The Samuel Lithgow Youth Centre (SLYC) is a registered charity (No. 1108410) and charitable registered company (No: 5366637).
SLYC is governed by a Board of Directors sub-divided into three sub committees to oversee specific areas relating to Staff, Youth and Finance. The Board is made up of a combination of local residents and parents of children and young people who use the Centre. The Centre is located at the heart of the Regent’s Park Ward and serves the whole of the West Euston Area. SLYC is pleased to announce that its Centre Refurbishment and Extension was completed in December 2009, in time and within budget [£1.1 Million]. The building was handed over on 15 January 2010 and was open to young people on 1st February. After six long and challenging years, SLYC is able to offer to young people and the wider community modern premises and resources such as a dynamic ICT Centre, an enlarged Community Gym, a refurbished Sports Hall, a Community Café with a commercial kitchen, a Juice Bar, Music Room, new toilets and showers, upgraded disable access; including a lift installation.
The Youth Club sessions, run by SLYC, have been very successful to date and the average attendance continues to be over 70 young people each time. However, SLYC has also started to deliver its own activities for the wider community, such as a Free Cyber Café and Mixed Gym Sessions with crèche and the Community Café is up and running every Tuesday in the morning. Additionally, the Centre is also being used by several groups who deliver free activities every week; such as fitness classes for women, gym sessions for over 50’s, and badminton sessions during weekends. The Centre is also widely used for community functions and private parties during weekends.
Throughout 2010 the main youth and community services have been delivered in partnership with the following statutory and voluntary organisations:
- Youth & Connexions Service
- The Surma Youth Project
- Safeguarding and Social Care
- BWA – Surma Centre
- London Youth
- Third Age Project
- West Euston Timebank
- London Tigers
- Camden Working
- Voluntary Action Camden (VAC)
- The Quicksilver Theatre
- Building Bridges
- Camden Detached Project
- Youth Inclusion Support Panel (YISP)
- Youth Offending Team (YOT)
- Safer Neighbourhood Team
- North West London Independant Specialist SChool
- Catch 22
- BME Alliance
- Land Lease
- New Horizon