Recognising the good work that WRYOA does, local community members have arranged a fundraising extravaganza, with all proceeds going to the Whiz Youth Project. The event will be held at that the Carlton Club in Whalley Range on Friday 17th October, at 8pm till 1am. Entry will be £3 and there will be two great local bands playing (the Low Numbers and the Shaftburys), with a raffle afterwards. The night is guaranteed to be a good one. Funds are sparse, so this is a fantastic opportunity to raise some cash for the young people who attend the project, so come along and bring your friends.
Carlton Club, Whalley Range, Manchester M16 8BE
Friday 17th October
8.00pm to 1.00am, Carlton Club, Whalley Range
£3 on the door
Fitness training activities are led by Michael Dunn and are Thai Boxing focused. Some young people like to attend this class as it gives them a general keep fit workout that includes running out and about in the Whalley Range area. This aspect of the regular fitness activities gives the local community a chance to see what is going on at the project, showing them that young people are committed to doing something worthwhile — and is a great way of promoting the project. Girls have regularly been taking part in the sessions also.
Whiz Tucker Trials takes place on Wednesdays (mixed), influencing and educating young people on eating a healthier diet and gaining an understanding of the impact of food on the wider well being. Cooking sessions involve cooking a variety of foods to suit our diverse group of young people, educating them on different styles of eating; vegetarian and different cultures (i.e. halal, Caribbean) eating habits, thus contributing to the development of an integrated response to health and well being. Young people are more often taking the lead on these sessions now, which is fantastic. We often cook food for Thursdays provision also.
We have our dedicated volunteers to thank for the continued provision on Wednesdays.
Young people thoroughly enjoyed these workshops, which were led by Matt Farrell, a former Youth and Community student with MMU. Young people designed their own images using intricate computer software, and then transferred the image to vinyl, which they then had to cut out and transfer onto t-shirts. This process required much patience and concentration. We saw some great teamwork here also.
Young people at the Whiz project recently received a £700 grant from GMP to purchase a new pool table. Thirteen young people volunteered to take part in an organised litter pick in Whalley Range, in partnership with the police. We are very proud of our young people for this and they did a fantastic job too, as you can see from the before and after pics. They have all said that it has made them think twice about throwing litter, now that they’ve actively taken part in a cleanup. One young person said that from now on he’ll keep litter in his pocket until he finds a bin. A great learning to be had here – as well as cleaner streets in Whalley Range.
These before and after pictures show how hard the young people worked on the day.
And below is a picture of the team who took part in the cleanup. Two local PCSO’s also joined in the cleanup and later commented on how they were very impressed with the commitment displayed by the young people.
These workshops, led by Kerrie Feeney have proved to be very popular with the young people, including boys. Some lovely pieces of jewellery have been produced, some of which were sold on a jewellery making stall at the Celebrate festival, which also went down a treat on the day.
Whiz workers and young people worked hard at the Celebrate community festival this year, working on the information desk, running the jewellery making stall and selling bracelets on the grounds, cleaning up the grounds, helping out on the cake and tea stall and serving the volunteers food.
Young people raised £23 on the jewellery stall, selling mostly loom bands which are very popular with young people just now.
Manchester Play (MCC) funded one week (4 days) of fun activities for children aged 6-14 yrs., during Easter holidays. The play scheme was well attended; 16 children registered with us in total.
We received a further funding to provide activities for first three weeks of the Summer holidays. This play scheme was the busiest we’ve had in a long time, with 42 children on the register.
Our Summer programme at Whiz wasn’t as busy as previous years due to lack of funding. We managed to stay open for the usual hours, with mostly in-house activities and a trip to Drayton Manor. We encourage local residents and parents to join us on our trip, and this year we took 25 from the immediate neighbourhood in order to build relationships between the youth club and local residents. This was very successful and feedback was very positive, indicating that we should open the trip up to more members of the community in future.