The Sulgrave Club

Service name: Youth Development Service

Service description

Hammersmith and Fulham Council funds The Sulgrave’s youth development and mentoring service. The aim is to increase young people’s participation and engagement, enable their personal and social (physical, mental and spiritual) development, and maximise the opportunities open to them as they move on from school or college through a wide range of programmes and opportunities.

Funded until

31 March 2021

Annual funding level


What this service achieved in the past year

Number of residents supported: 515

Use of volunteers
Number of volunteers involved: 5 
Number of volunteer hours delivered: 336
Value of volunteer hours provided: £3,276

Outcomes and impacts for residents

  • 122 senior youth club sessions were delivered on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday nights with a total of 169 young people taking part in a variety of physical activities including fitness training, indoor football, basketball and dance
  • 94% felt safe at the Sulgrave Club
  • 75% say they have become fitter and healthier as a result of regularly attending the club
  • 87% have become more confident
  • 57% understand more about their sexual health
  • 89% feel confident in making their own decisions
  • 82% understand more about the value of eating fresh, healthy food
  • 79% understand more about food hygiene
  • 82% say attending Sulgrave has helped them stay out of trouble

User feedback

Child A - Consistent attendance through change and willingness to challenge fears.

The seniors had a residential put on for them for a group to do canoeing and kayaking on a 3-day residential course. Child A was selected to be one of the young people because of his consistent positive attitude and behaviour while being a member of the club and his willingness to engage and 'give it a go' in new workshops/sessions offered to young people. Child A has a fear of water and did openly say 'I can't swim' when asked about this opportunity. At first he was resistant to go but after a few conversations and some reassurance, he said that he would come and try it. With 14 other young people, Child A took part in the 3-day summer residential at Malden, Essex where the group lived on a large self-contained home boat - 'the barge' - as well as taking part in the accredited Canoeing and Kayaking course in which the whole group, including Child A, passed, receiving a Level 1 RYA qualification.  Child A has shown a level of commitment and dedication to the club that is well above and beyond that of many young people who attend.  He has developed his communication and engagement skills with young people , staff and adults.

Funding raised

£35,000 additional funding raised for this project during the year

Other achievements and future plans for the service

  • Sulgrave have been awarded a Bronze Level London Youth Quality Mark, a quality assurance scheme accredited by City and Guilds
  • By holding regular Thursday lunch club outreach sessions at Hammersmith Academy, the percentage of members from Hammersmith Academy has risen from 18% at the beginning of the year to 44% at the end
  • The delivery of 122 Senior Youth Club sessions on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday nights were attended by 515 young people in school Year 7+ at an average of 29.8 young people per session
  • 169 of those young people took part in a variety of physical activities during the sessions, including fitness training, indoor football, basketball and dance, at an average of 13.9 young people per session (basketball has now become a regular and very popular feature of the Saturday night programme)
  • 134 young people took part in 38 healthy cooking sessions (run for two hours during Saturday Youth Club sessions) at an average of 18.7 young people per session
  • 9 young people took part in DIY classes run for eight weeks during Thursday youth club sessions during the Spring term
  • 4 young people successfully completed a Basic Life Support (First Aid) course during the Spring term
  • 12 young people completed an intensive Food Collection project during the Spring term, culminating in a presentation at the launch of LBHF's Youth Partnership at the Lyric Theatre on 9th February and the screening of a project documentary at Hammersmith Academy on 23rd February
  • 15 young people successfully completed a Level 1 RYA accredited Kayaking / Canoeing residential course in Malden, Essex over a long weekend in the Summer holidays
  • 14 young people completed a 6-week Healthy Living course put on by the Sulgrave Club in partnership with Boots the Chemist during the Autumn term
  • 22 young people took part in non-contact boxing sessions provided by the Jimmy Asher Foundation during the Autumn term
  • 131 young people took part in workshops on Identity, Values & Beliefs and Community & Teamwork provided for Year 7 students at Hammersmith Academy during the Autumn term

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