Learning centre

The learning Centre works with young people aged 6-18 from the Keighley Central Ward.

Our aim is to develop the skills and confidence of young people through projects which incorporate academic development, particularly reading, fitness, healthy eating and living, outdoor pursuits and team building activities. The overall aim is that the young people will develop new skills and confidence which will have a positive impact on their future in terms of employment opportunities, healthy living and mental well-being.

We have 5 part time youth support workers led by a youth activities co-ordinator. Additional to the workers we have 8 regular volunteers and several more casual volunteers who offer their support as and when required.

We are currently funded by Children in Need and are in the third year of a 3 year project. In the last 3 years we have also received funding from Awards for All, Keighley Area Panel and the Youth Capital fund.

We run Saturday Club sessions (10.30 – 1.30) all year round. There are nearly 80 young people registered on the Saturday Club sessions with an average attendance of over 45 young people per session.
Activities at the Saturday Club sessions include; online Numeracy/Literacy testing, partnership reading, team games, game stations, arts and crafts and healthy eating and cooking sessions. We have the use of the sports hall, new youth room, ICTsuite and three other rooms to enable us to deliver these activities.

We are currently working in partnership with the Play Rangers to deliver projects on recycling, fireplay as well as a range of different arts and crafts sessions where young people have the opportunity to produce things which can be used for display as well taken home.
As well as the regular activities we carry out one off events including team quizzes, an Apprentice challenge and Olympic challenge event involving a range of different team games.

We have recently done some work with the Army to help develop team building and fitness of the young people. This work is currently ongoing with another session planned at an army base for early April.

The numbers attending and the feedback from our participants provide the evidence the success of our Saturday Club sessions
As well as the Saturday Club sessions we run a Holiday scheme during each of the school holidays throughout the year. The focus for these activities is outdoor and leisure pursuits with opportunities for whole families to get involved. There is a team ethos developed during these schemes with ice breaker sessions and many little team competitions to help develop the team and community ethos.

The Sangat Learning Centre has made many great strides recently with staff and volunteers working on a volunatary basis besides their normal duties to to carry out the renovation resulting in the production of a brand new youth space and youth office at the Sangat centre.