Warrington Youth Club and Covid-19 FAQ’s

What is Warrington Youth Club planning to do? 

Since the beginning of lockdown, we have been providing support to young people and families across Warrington through a variety of projects including YZatHome, Zone to Home hampers, Welfare Calls and the NHS Childcare Project.

Now, in line with guidance from the government in partnership with OnSide and the National Youth Agency (NYA), we are reopening some of our services including Youth Club, The Junction Gym, Mentoring and Buddy Up to limited numbers of young people on a booking only basis.

As part of our reopening, there will be strict capacity protocols in place alongside social distancing, hygiene and cleaning measures. This will again fall in line with guidance received from the government, Warrington Borough Council, the NYA and other stakeholders.

All plans will be monitored closely and may be subject to change due to internal/external factors.

When is Youth Club opening? 

We are aiming to reopen our Youth Club at the Peace Centre on Monday 19th October. There will initially be one Junior session and one Senior session each week alongside a new ‘Projects Night’ and a dedicated evening each week for Buddy Up and Mentoring projects. Online bookings for juniors, seniors, buddy up and mentoring nights can be made here. 

When is the Junction Gym reopening? 

The Junction Gym  will remain closed until further notice. Keep checking our social media sites for  updates.
When the Gym reopens it will run regular sessions Monday to Friday for young people aged 11+. There will also be our traditional Juniors session (ages 7-12) on Saturday morning and two Buddy Up Gym sessions from Saturday lunchtime (ages 7+).

What will Youth Club look like?

Due to strict guidelines, we will only be able to work with a maximum of 15 young people in any one space. Due to the nature of the Peace Centre, we are able to work with two separate groups of 15 young people at any one time. These groups will only have contact with others within their bubble of 15 alongside two additional staff members per group. All bookings must be made in advance. 

The new timetable running from the Peace Centre is as follows:

Monday: Projects Night (6-8pm) which will include wellbeing drop ins and personal development groups.

Tuesday: Seniors Youth Club (6pm-9pm) for anyone in year 7 up.

Wednesday: Juniors Youth Club (6-8pm) for ages 7-12.

Thursday: Buddy Up & Mentoring (6-8pm) for young people on the Buddy Up and Mentoring projects.

All sessions must be booked online in advance. 

How do I book onto sessions? You don’t need to anymore.

You no longer need to book sessions for our Juniors Sessions as this is now Open Access and you can turn up.

Our Senior Sessions unfortunately are still invite only, however we are working hard to make sure everyone get a chance to attend our sessions.

Please note, to make an easier process we advise all young people to fill in a membership form  before attending the club.  If you are unable to do this we do have some forms down at the club if you need to fill it in there and then.

How do I become a member? 

You can join Warrington Youth Club for free today via our website. Our usual membership fee is £5 but due to the restrictions that covid-19 have placed on our services, we are currently offering free membership to all young people in Warrington.

Is it still 50p per visit and do you accept cash? 

All our sessions are now 50p per young person.

What Activities will young people be able to take part in? 

At Youth Club, we will have a range of activities taking place each evening including sports, arts, music, crafts, cooking, fitness and gaming. Activities will reflect current guidance and may be subject to change.

At the Junction Gym, young people can access a full range of cardio, resistance and free-weights equipment as well as additional fitness challenges and activities. One-to-one support from qualified fitness instructors will also be provided to young people.

On Buddy Up/Mentoring Project Nights, young people can attend with their respective buddy/mentor and attend the Youth Club in a safe and controlled manner. Young people (and their buddy) will need to book online to attend these sessions. For more information, please contact your respective Buddy Up/Mentoring Coordinator.

What measures have you taken to ensure your centre is safe? 

We have conducted a detailed risk assessment for the building and modified specific aspects of our delivery to ensure we remain a safe space for young people. You can view our risk assessments for the gym and youth club through the below links.

Gym Risk Assessment

Youth Club & Targeted Programmes Risk Assessment

Do young people have to wear face coverings in the centre? 

We would encourage young people to wear face coverings whilst in the centre if they wish and it is safe for them to do so.

Who has been consulted on the reopening plans? 

Our reopening plan has been created using guidance from the Government, NHS, National Youth Agency, Health and Safety Executive, Tim Parry Jonathan Ball Peace Foundation and WYC’s board of trustees.

Will volunteers and staff be regularly tested? 

No, in line with current advice from the Government, staff and volunteers do not need to be tested.

We do request that staff, volunteers, and young people do not attend the Youth Club if they, or someone in their household, display any Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms. They should follow government guidance on self-isolation, using the track and trace service, and being tested.

What will you do if somebody is showing symptoms of Covid-19 during a session? 

If someone involved in a face-to-face session or one of their family members/guardians is showing symptoms of Coronavirus, we will request that they do not attend the session. We will be checking temperature on arrival as a control measure for this.

If a member does not have a temperature on arrival but starts to display symptoms throughout the session, they will go into an isolation room with a staff member until they are collected by a parent/guardian.

When will your sessions go back to normal? 

We know that these new sessions might be different to how some young people remember Youth Club and the gym, but our plan is to continue working with limited numbers of young people in line with current Covid-19 restrictions. We hope to increase this number of the coming months if restrictions and guidelines allow.

What if I can’t book onto a session? 

To remain fair to all members, sessions will be open to book on a first-come, first-serve basis each week.

If, for whatever reason, you are unable to book onto a session. We would encourage you to engage with one of our other projects such as YZatHome or our targeted Outreach sessions which run five evenings per week. You can learn more about these projects via our social media pages.

Who can I speak to if I would like additional information on WYC’s reopening plan? 

If you would like further information about the reopening, please ring 01925 909 660 or contact info@warringtonyouthclub.co.uk.

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