A Cherwell community centre is opening its doors to young males in response to a demand for a boys-only group.
With funding from Sanctuary Housing, The Hill Youth and Community Centre in Bretch Hill has set up a boys’ group for those aged between 11 and 16 years old to provide a safe place for them to take part in a range of activities and discussions with friends.
What is the Bretch Hill boys’ group?
Following in the footsteps of the centre’s girls-only self-esteem group, the boys, in addition to enjoying sport and social activities, will have the opportunity to informally discuss key issues that may affect them.
Designed to build the boys’ confidence and awareness, the group will also be able to gain information about matters affecting them and take home informal advice about drugs, alcohol, sexual health and body image.
They will also be offered a chance to meet with different people from various walks of life who will provide positive role models, ranging from nurses and firefighters to farmers and musicians.
The Hill Youth and Community Centre hosts a range of community groups, including fitness, arts and crafts and youth groups. The Bretch Hill Youth Action team, which created the 30 Acts of Kindness project, is just one group that receives support from The Hill.
“Continuing our partnership work with The Hill”
Kate Winstanley, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “We always look to support community-led facilities which address the needs of our customers and so we’re pleased to be continuing our partnership work with The Hill.
“We’ve already seen some fantastic projects and groups coming from the community centre, with many of our residents involved, so we look forward to seeing how the boys group gets on.”
“The positive impact”
Sheena Gow, from The Hill, added: “The group was set up at the request of the boys themselves and we are seeing the positive impact it is having on those who attend already. We are grateful to Sanctuary for their support.”
The group meets on Thursdays between 7pm and 8.30pm. To find out more information about the boys’ group, call The Hill on 01295 266650 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
This project was funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.