CREATING POSITIVE CHANGE

We run youth clubs, projects and support for young people in the Littlehampton, Rustington and East Preston area.

Arun Youth Projects launched in October 2017 and is a partnership between Arun Church and East Preston Youth Club, Littlehampton Town Council, and Rustington Parish Council combining the existing youth work of each organisation. We engage with hundreds of young people every year to help them be happy, safe, and recognise their potential.

YOUTH CLUBS

We run 8 youth club sessions every week across Littlehampton, Rustington, and East Preston all year including half-terms and summer holidays. There are lots of activities on offer including games consoles, sports competitions, creative arts, cooking projects and trips.  Young people are given regular opportunities to be involved in the planning of future sessions so they stay relevant and engaging. Entry is 50p per session.

Tuesdays

  • Southfields Jubilee Centre (11-18’s), 7:30-9pm

Wednesdays

  • Keystone Youth Centre (11-18’s), 7-9pm

Thursdays

  • Keystone Youth Centre – Juniors (8-11’s), 4-5:30pm
  • Keystone Youth Centre (11-18’s), 7-9pm
  • Rustington Youth Centre (11-18’s), 7-9pm

Fridays

  • Keystone Youth Centre (11-18’s), 3:30-5:30pm
  • East Preston Youth Centre (11-18’s), 7-9pm

FOCUSED PROJECTS

Code Club

Code Club is an opportunity for young people to learn computer programming in a fun environment.

Our weekly club is part of a national network of free coding clubs for young people. Coders can work on projects that are easy to follow, with step-by-step guides to help young people learn Scratch, HTML & CSS, and Python by making games, animations, and websites. Find out more about Code Clubs at codeclub.org.uk

SIGN UP TO CODE CLUB

Soccer School

An after-school football session that includes warm-ups, skill drills, games, communication exercises, team building exercises, and warm down. AYP Soccer School is open to anyone who attends White Meadow Primary Academy in year 4, 5 and 6 and aims to remove participation barriers by providing high-quality sport for just £1 a week.

Young Leader Programme

The Young Leader Programme is ongoing training designed to enable Young Leaders (aged 14-18) to volunteer for other AYP projects. AYP helps young leaders to:

  • gain the knowledge, skills and confidence required to become an effective role model
  • further their own personal development
  • lead and plan sessions for  children and young people
  • work towards other Awards (for example Duke of Edinburgh, Youth Outset, or Football Association Coaching)
  • acquire the skills that are needed for the future (such as budgeting and effective communication)
  • have fun!

Bursaries

AYP Bursaries offer small sums of money to allow disadvantaged young people to pursue their interests. The bursaries are open to all young people aged 11-18 that live locally. Young people can complete a simple application outlining why they need the sum of money, what they would like to purchase and how much money they need.

Applications are approved by a panel of young advisors selected by democratic process from our youth service.  Not all bursary applications will be granted, but the panel will grant sums of money to applications that they feel would be most beneficial. We currently run two different bursaries:

1) Sports Accessibility Bursary

The Sports Accessibility bursary enables partnership opportunities with local sports clubs to ensure they support young people. We also reach out to those who have the potential to excel at a sport, equipping them with the resources they need to compete at higher levels. Examples of bursaries could include:

  • Littlehampton Squash & Badminton Club Student Membership – £40
  • Helmet and pads for skating/scooters – £50
  • Boxing Club Annual Membership and Sessions – £249

2) Creative Arts & Social Club Bursary

This bursary enables young people to continue their interests and buy equipment needed to develop their skills or pay for a membership to groups and clubs. The funding for this bursary is for young people who live predominantly in Littlehampton or contributes significantly to a group which benefits the community of Littlehampton. The bursary includes all types of creative arts and social clubs:

  • Performing Arts (music, dance, and theatre)
  • Visual Arts (drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, and sculpting)
  • Architecture (designing and construction of buildings)
  • Social Clubs (such as Scouts or Girlguiding)

Examples of bursaries could include:

  • Leather Flat Tap Dance Shoes – £40
  • Scouts Annual Membership – £100
  • 10 x Drama Classes = £220
To apply for either bursary, please click here.

Outreach (detached) Work

Outreach takes place outside of our youth centres and supports and compliments new and existing centre/project-based youth work. Outreach is primarily used to inform young people of services that exist in their locality and to encourage them to use such services. Outreach can also seek to identify, through consultation with young people, any gaps that exist in services aimed at meeting their needs.

TARGETED SUPPORT

Targeted support allows us to provide specific help and opportunities for those who need it most. Sometimes this involves referring to other agencies for issues such as counselling or sexual health, or it may require developing bespoke solutions around the needs of the individual. AYP is also developing a mentoring programme that will aim to support young people at risk of exclusion or anti-social behaviour.

Our Team

Ben Young
Ben YoungService Manager
Ben holds a BA (Hons) in Social Pedagogy – Education and Learning: Youth work and community learning and development.
Emma Biffi
Emma BiffiLittlehampton Team Manager
Emma holds a BA (Hons) in Childhood, Youth & Society

Contact Us

Our address is Arun Youth Projects, The Wickbourne Centre, Clun Road, Littlehampton, West Sussex, BN17 7DZ

Phone: 01903 782744