Fun4Young People, YMCA Bedfordshire
Across a mix of afterschool and holiday provision, Fun4YP has offered 1010 places (61% free bursary awards) to local 5-16 year olds, giving them experiences they may not otherwise be able to access. Ranging from swimming, sport and dance, to archery, cooking and poetry, our activities enable young people from 37 different schools in the area to develop new friendships, increase self-esteem and learn new skills.
Whilst we focus on linking our delivery to national curriculum (many of our tutors are Teachers), we work hard to ensure young people do not feel they are attending a school environment; our staff are addressed by first name, young people have a large degree of input into activities (from developing dance routines and drama scripts, to deciding menus).
Feedback from our two recent intensive holiday clubs (3 days in February half-term and 4 during Easter) show young people;
• demonstrating good engagement rose from 78% to 85%
• demonstrating improved confidence rose from 66% to 77%
• learning new skills rose from 82% to 94%
Feedback comments include;
“X has grown in confidence massively during this course and has made real progress in her ability to work with others” Tutor feedback, February 2019
“[best thing was] learning new things!” young person’s feedback
In a 2019 of the 37 schools we currently work with, 100% of respondents stated that they consider there is a need for the services we provide.