Team leaders report to board of management meeting: 13th November 2017
It only seems like yesterday since I wrote my first report to the Board of Management. (time flies when you’re having fun) the past couple of months have been action packed and I feel I have settled in to my new role as team leader quite well and I am thoroughly enjoying the challenge.
Frank Kenny (8 sessions), Sharon Dolby (4 Juniors) Ryan Fitzpatrick (2 seniors), Jade Dumbell (1senior) Julie Fitzpatrick (1 session) Dean Williamson (2 Juniors) Daisy Gill (2 senior music) Selma Brown (2 seniors)
Volunteers: Thomas Butler 2 sessions per week. Lisa Dumbell currently committed to 1 after school session per week. Julie Dumbell.
Roy McGaw, Lorraine Mangan
The building is improving; the faulty lights in the main hall are now repaired. We have agreed to get rid of the pink décor in the club and are reverting back to the clubs original colours of yellow and red. ( chosen by members) The work is being carried out by the probation service every Friday,
The hostel currently has one tenant who will be with us for another couple of weeks. However I understand that there are more bookings in place
Since the last meeting the bus room has been ripped out and shelving has been fitted, this has freed up space in the club area leaving it looking a lot less cluttered, and providing much needed storage space.
I would like to thank Dr Simon Abraham for kindly donating a table tennis table, this has proven really popular with the members and couldn’t have come at a better time as the others are damaged and unfit for purpose.
Junior club numbers are currently really good, this week we averaged 30 per night on the walking bus alone. It was fantastic to see so many junior members taking part in the blue run for Joseph on 20th October a big well done to all involved, the schools, WECC and FOEP.
The Halloween party went really well once again and the help from local volunteers was a great help especially decorating the club and preparing the party food. Over 50 young people attended on the night aged from newborn to 11 and a great day was had by all.
In mid September we took 45 senior club members to Blackpool for our annual day out. Despite my previous nerves about what I have perceived as a difficult group I was pleasantly surprised and we had a fantastic incident free day.
Since the installation of the cctv cameras the senior club is running a lot better. Numbers are still very good although some of the more difficult young people may see this as a bit of a deterrent as they haven’t been in much lately. Although we would like to be engaging with this group, this however has had a positive impact on the quality of youth work practice that is being delivered by staff.
We have recently recruited Selma Brown for 2 sessions a week in senior club. Selma has a wealth of experience working with young people and is currently a higher level teaching assistant at Faith primary school and seems like a quality addition to the team.
We took 40 young people to silver blades ice rink in Widnes on 30th October (mischief night) this enabled us to keep the young people from engaging in anti social activity on the night, and helped to reduce crime levels or reports of anti social behaviour which rocket at this time of year. Photos/videos have been uploaded to the clubs instagram page @theshewsy which will hopefully be accessible through the website along with the twitter feed in the coming week or so.
In addition to Thursday nights project night we have introduced an “Inbetweenagers” group for young people in school years 6,7 and 8. This was done in consultancy with local families when we noticed there was a number of young people who had grown out of junior club but didn’t feel comfortable or confident enough to make the step up in to seniors. So far this has been a great success averaging 25 young people per session all of whom are engaging positively. We have since registered in excess of 120 members whose postcodes map from Everton, Aintree, Knotty Ash, Fazakerley, Walton, Maghull, Bootle and even the Wirral. This tells us that our “reach” has considerably broadened, although the majority of members are still within “walking” distance.
Links with other agencies
We continue to work closely with West Everton Community Council. The walking bus from Faith school bus has been greatly improved and this is reflected in the growing number of members.
We also maintain our great links with Shrewsbury school and only last week took a group of male members up to play the under 14 b team (10-1 to the Shewsy but we’ll leave that there!). During the visit it gave the opportunity for senior member and keen cricketer Josef Rooney to use the excellent cricket facilities on offer, he also scored 4 goals in the football match, and it’s safe to say the staff were very impressed.
Having completed the application to become a member of the Erasmus programme’s European network of youth centres, I am pleased to announce that we have now been accepted and I will be attending a conference in Kokkola, Finland on 8-10th February in which I will have the opportunity to meet other organisations whilst giving a presentation on the work we do here at the Shewsy.
John Dumbell, Team leader
The wonderful Fran Croft (ex club member), is recovering from a serious bout of Meningitis, and has needed to take a break from the Board of Management at the Club. Fran has done unbelievable hours and diligence in the Treasurer’s role over the past 6 or so years and it has been hard. She has also been the ‘go to’ person for any questions over the past 15 years. She deserves enormous gratitude and a place in the pantheon of Shewsy hero / ines from everyone with an interest in the club. Thanks Fran – see you soon!
Likewise Robin Brooke-Smith and Chris Conway have served the Board of Management for what feels like a millennium. Both have retired from the board. Huge thanks to both of them. Sean Duncan, long standing member of the Club’s Members group has also decided to retire. Many thanks to him too. The relationship with the school is as good as ever it was and this is in no small part due to them. Brilliant people, substantial contribution. Recorded. Thank you all SO much. We will thank you face to face in due course.
Mark Turner, head at the school, is also on his way, though not till July 2018. I think it fair to say Mark had his doubts when he first encountered the club, but he has become a fervent supporter, delighted that we have made the Social Studies courses such a valuable educational component of the school curriculum. He recently raised more than £7500 for the Medic Malawi charity and the Shewsy club. Thanks Mark!
The Halloween party went really well once again this year and the help from local volunteers was a great help especially decorating the club and preparing the party food.
Over 50 young people attended on the night aged from newborn to 11 and a great day was had by all.
John Dumbell is in post and underway as our new team leader and I have already seen how big are his shoulders. The place is booming and John is loving the job he describes ‘It is with great pride I take on ….one of my long term aspirations’. Back him folks, lets back him. He is a ‘Pied Piper’ in the Everton district and it is a wonder to behold how many folk know and love him dearly. We are in good hands I promise you.
Dave Breo left us at the end of July and we gave him a great send off. He will stay in good touch and is making his way back in the world of ordinary work. He will miss us and we will miss him. He has been a great influence over the past 7 years. He is a great communicator and that’s where he needs to be next… teaching or preaching. Thanks, man. When you spot the next big slogan ‘Real Men…..like flowers, don’t carry knives can do this’ etc etc…. that will be Breo’s creation.
My old mate Julian Charley, warden and neighbour at the Shewsy from c. 1975-1987 died recently and there was an amazing thanksgiving service for him in Malvern. I couldn’t make it, but old work colleagues from here did attend. The collection came to the Shewsy as a donation.
I have some great ‘stick’ stories I can tell against Julian (which he has laughed at) but seriously…. what a wonderful piece of work Julian and Claire delivered in Everton. See you soon Jules, we will laugh and delight in the privilege of doing some time together in Everton.
In addition to Thursday night project night, we have introduced an ‘Inbetweenagers’ group for young people in school years 6,7 and 8. This was done in consultation with local families when we noticed there was a number of young people who had grown out of junior club but didn’t feel comfortable or confident enough to make the step up in o seniors. So far this has been a great success – averaging 25 young people – per session all of whom are engaging positively. We have since registered in excess of 120 members whose postcodes map from Everton, Aintree, Knotty Ash, Fazakerley, Walton, Maghull, Bootle and even the Wirral. This tells us that our reach has considerably broadened, although the majority of members are still within walking distance.
The Shewsy is participating in Tesco’s Bags of Help local community grant scheme during the whole of February. The scheme uses the money raised from the 5p bag levy in Tesco stores to fund thousands of community projects across the UK.
The Shewsy is participating in the scheme during February and anyone can vote for the Shewsy by using a token in one of the participating shops. To vote, you will need to make a purchase within store of any value and you will then receive one token per transaction which you can use to cast your vote.
Please see below a list of all the stores taking part in the voting on our project. Feel free to share this list of stores amongst our supporters and within the local community.
- LIVERPOOL METRO L1 1DP
- LIVERPOOL GREAT CROSSHALL ST EXP L3 2BR
- BROWNLOW HLL LIV EXP L3 5UB
- EDGE HILL METRO L7 3HE
- LPOOL OLD HALL ST EXP L3 9RQ
- MOUNT PLEASANT LIV EXP L3 5RY
- LIVERPOOL ONE L1 4AF
- LIVERPOOL BOLD ST EXP L1 4HF
- LORD ST LIVERPOOL EXP L2 9SA
- LPOOL LONDON RD EXP L3 8JA
- MYRTLE ST LIVERPOOL EXP L7 7EL
- LPOOL PRESCOT ST EXP L7 8UH
- LIVERPOOL STRAND ST EXP L2 0PP
- LIVERPOOL DALE ST EXP L2 2HJ
To check the location of any of the above stores, please go to the tesco website here: www.tesco.com/store-locator/uk/
If successful we could receive up to £5000, so please let everyone know!