Gnosall Parish Council
Our Mission is to improve the quality of life for those who live and work in the Parish of Gnosall and those who visit it.
Following the closure of Staffordshire County Council’s Youth Club in December 2014, Gnosall Parish Council worked hard to ensure the funds and equipment were retained for the young people in this parish. St John Ambulance unfortunately, after decades of working from its building providing essential community first aid services, had to cease its operation from Gnosall and gifted the building to the Parish Council to enable a Youth Club to operate from it. There was tremendous effort by the local community to get the building ready in only few days of taking over its ownership to be ready for the opening night and with a very limited budget. The internal structure was quickly transformed to make it into a more functional building for a youth club. The equipment and furniture were scrubbed clean by parish councillors and staff, the outside of the building was cleaned by volunteers and essential donations were received from The Cooperative and Waitrose.
GG’s Youth Club opened its doors for the first time in April to 9-12 year olds from the parish and surrounding areas and is going from strength to strength thanks to over 100 members who have tremendous fun on Wednesday nights and also as a result of the group of wonderful volunteers who offer their time to help arrange and run activities each week and of course our Youth Leader, Jordan Archer, who took over from Yvette Spencer in 2017.
Numbers have remained steady at around 30-40 children attending each week. In April 2017, Youth Club welcomed members in school years 4, 5 and 6. Since starting in April 2016, our members have created vegetable boxes and have enjoyed reaping the rewards, filled hanging baskets, taken part in weekly cooking and craft classes and have made excellent use of the field during the summer evenings playing football, rugby, other ball games and getting very wet one summers night taking part in a water assault course. During the winter months, the field is inaccessible as it is too dark and wet. However Gnosall Parish Council kindly agreed that the Grosvenor Centre’s main hall can be used every second Wednesday. As the youth club building has limited space, when the Grosvenor Centre is not available, the activities will focus on craft and cooking and there will be a more controlled environment to ensure the safety of members and volunteers.
The children produced a list of activities and trips they would like organised that the Youth Club committee will review and plan acordingly.
Jordan Archer was appointed as the new Youth Leader in February following the resignation of Yvette Spencer. Yvette was instrumental in the setting up of the youth club for which we are very grateful. Fortunately Yvette is staying with GG’s as volunteer and will continue to provide advice and expertise in running a successful youth club.
GGs Youth Club celebrated is the first birthday on 26th April. The building was spruced up for this occasion with the external walls cleaned, the windows cleaned (free of charge ) by Mick Ferguson and bunting was hung all around the building to give a real party atmosphere. A new sign, designed by some of the youth club members was unveiled. Members and visitors enjoyed cake, some donated by The Horns and some made by parents and volunteers as well as fruity mock-tails. Plans are in hand to extend the youth club provision for older children in school years 7,8 and 9 from September on a Thursday evening. Volunteers are needed to make this happen so if you can spare some of your time to help we’d love to hear from you.
Youth club will be open on Wednesday 31st May (during half term) and during the summer holidays it will open every other week on 2nd August, 16th August and 30th August.
From September 2017, a senior youth club will be open on a Thursday evening for school years 7, 8 and 9. Volunteer helpers will be essential for the youth club to operate so again, if you can help every now and again, please let me know.
Great news for GG’s Youth Club, in the past week Gnosall St Lawrence Freemasons donated £500 and St Lawrence Church donated £250. Both donations are very much appreciated and will help pay for new materials and equipment for weekly activities and will also help fund some exciting trips being planned for later this year.
The photograph is of Kevin Shail and David Davies, from The Freemasons presenting the cheque to the new Youth Club Leader Jordan Archer. Jordan has taken over Yvette Spencer’s role. Yvette will still be around volunteering as and when she can.
Congratulations to Jordan and thank you to The Freemasons and St Lawrence Church.
Dave Davies said 'It is our pleasure to support good causes that are local to the village. We know the club has been open less than a year
and it has proved to be a success. We hope this donation will help the club & those who use it.'
Photo: left to right. Jayne Cooper, Jordan Archer, Dave Davies, Trudie Ward & Kevin Shail. front row, Thomas & Mia
As the number of members has exceeded our expectations we do desperately need more volunteers otherwise we may have to put a cap on how many children we can take each week. Parents have been asked to help out on one Wednesday each however if anyone else wishes to help out now and again, please get in touch. Local teenagers who have been completing their Duke of Edinburgh Awards gave their time voluntarily from April to July however these young people have now moved on. If there are any other people undertaking a course or an award in which “volunteering in the community” is required, please do consider helping out at GG’s Youth Club.
During the first 6 months, GG’s Youth Club received funding from the Parish Council, from the County Councillor’s Fund and Gnosall Lions. Members pay only £1 each week to attend which helps meet the costs of basic equipment and cooking ingredients for the planned activities. Other funding sources will be explored to fund planned projects.