Aims of GIC Youth Centre
- Engage young people through a range of programs and activities.
- Provide activities and services in a safe, secure and non-judgmental environment.
- Encourage young people to gain the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to identify, advocate and pursue their rights and responsibilities as individuals and as members of the community.
- Challenge discrimination and promote equal opportunities in all areas of our programme.
The GIC Youth Centre is a unique centre in the borough. We have been able to engage youth who have traditional been hard to reach by other youth services. The GIC Youth Centre was opened on 2nd November 2007.
Currently the centre is opens 7 days a week and caters for young people from ages 11-19 regardless of faith or ethnicity. The GIC Youth Centre is committed to developing the educational, recreational, social and emotional well-being of young people in the boroughs of Greenwich and Bexley and surrounding communities. We are able to provide quality programs, activities and projects for all. We accomplish this in a safe and enjoyable environment led by positive role models and dedicated youth workers who provide programs and activities based on the needs of the young people and the community.
The GIC Youth Centre has managed to initiate a number of programs to engage the youth within the local and wider community. We have succeeded in establishing a working relation with other organisations such as the Metropolitan Police, Probation Services, Greenwich Borough Council, Faith groups, Fire Brigade, NHS, Charlton Athletics, CARE, Home Office, schools and much more.
The following facilities and activities are available:
- Professional American Pool table
- LCD televisions
- Football table
- Play stations
- Internet access
- Table tennis
- X box
- Educational studies
- Educational and recreational trips
- Fun days
- Career Pathways: Advice on higher education and work placement
- Mentor Program: to provide positive role models
- Health drop in clinic
- IT training
- Volunteering opportunities
- Basic introduction to Islam training
- 3 times a week Football sessions
There are so many young people that were previously caught up in the gang/gun/knife crime culture and through football they have now turned their lives around. Many are now working towards rebuilding their lives, their communities encouraging and supporting their peers. For example, increasing respect and reduce tension amongst communities, reducing anti-social and criminal behaviour, reducing offending / re-offending of participants, reducing the number of young people that enter into youth justice system and many more outcomes.
A range of services will be offered to meet the needs of the individuals. These services will cover a wide range of advice; guidance and support to include the widest range of clients possible including, for example, young teenagers who may benefit from a homework club. Services may include a home visit service, various support groups, leisure activities and importantly for some, ‘a place to go’.
The mentoring scheme will help the beneficiaries understand how they can overcome their problems and envelop a sustainable lifestyle; they will also act as positive role models and show that there is a positive alternative to a life of crime. We will also use Imams and counsellors in this process.
For further enquiries about the youth centre, please contact the Youth Support Team (02088550786)