Youth Provision

Boys Youth Club

Mondays 5.00pm – 8.00pm (Term Time only)

Our regular weekly boys club takes place each Monday during term time at CYCD for boys aged 10-16 years.  Admission is free.Activities include Pool, Table Tennis, Play Station, Computers, Board Games with occasional workshops and outings.

Girls Youth Club

Tuesdays 5.00pm – 7.30pm (Term Time only)

Our regular weekly girls club takes place each Tuesday during term time at CYCD.  Admission is free. Activities include Pool, Table Tennis, Play Station, Computers, Board Games with regular activities, workshops and outings.

Active Young People Project

As part of encouraging young people to participate in sports and increase physical activity the Youth programme is delivering a variety of sports sessions aimed at boys and girls aged 14+.  These included football, tennis, hockey, dodge ball, swimming, rugby, mixed martial arts, archery, orienteering, badminton and gym sessions.  Young people get to learn about how to live healthy lifestyles including how to keep active and alongside the sports sessions are workshops to help young people keep fit & healthy.  Activities are decided on by the young people and take place at various times after school and at the weekend.

Mentoring for vulnerable & “at risk” young people

We work with Luton Youth Offending Service and Safer Luton Partnership to provide a mentoring & support service to young people, referred to the project, as part of early intervention for vulnerable & “at risk” young people.

The young people referred to the project are at risk of developing offending behaviour and the risk of involvement, or greater involvement in gangs, knife crime, drugs and anti-social behaviour.  The Project supports the young people with a weekly mentor session and a key worker provides additional support to the young people outside of the weekly mentor sessions.

We only take referrals from the Youth offending Service for the Mentoring Project which is funded by the Office of the Police Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire and the Beds & Luton Community Foundation: Youth Fund.

Volunteer (Adult) Mentors

We are recruiting adults aged 19+ to be mentors to the young people we are working with.  Mentors provide a listening ear and support to the young people meeting them on a 121 basis each week for an hour or so for up to 9 months. Training is provided.  All mentors must attend the Mentor Training, provide 2 references and undertake a DBS check.  Please contact us on 01582 519500 or email if you are interested in being a mentor.

Young Volunteers

Each year we recruit young volunteers aged 16-19 years to help plan and run the Crescent Summer School holiday projects which take place each school holiday plus 4 weeks during the summer holidays.  The young volunteers are recruited in May & June each year and undertake training which includes Basic First Aid, Health & Safety, Active Listening Skills, Safeguarding Young People, Prevent Awareness, Gang & knife-crime awareness and youth work skills.  Young people work towards AQA L1 Award in Youth work, AQA L1 & L2 in Volunteering and an option is to  work towards achieving the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Young People as Decision Makers

At CYCD we believe very strongly that young people should have a strong & loud voice in deciding the types of activities and issue they believe should be provided and addressed.  We have a very active group of young people and young volunteers who are involved making decisions and do this formally through the youth steering group as well as informally.  We consult with young people regularly through questionnaires, focus groups and informal discussions and produce reports which are discussed at all levels of young people’s involvement as far as is practical and help us improve what we do with young people.  We encourage young people to tell us what they want and how we can do things better.  We take feedback from young people as a key part of assessing how we are meeting the young people’s expectations and needs; we also measure the impact of our work through various means.