Our fantastic new Hampton youth project is having its official opening on Tuesday 27 March and we’ll be welcoming young people and their families in the area to have a look around. Situated behind YMCA White House on Hampton Square, the Hampton Youth Project caters for 11-15 year olds on a Monday and Wednesday afternoon, and 16-19 year olds on a Tuesday evening. A huge building that dominates the square behind YMCA White House in Hampton, it’s been a youth project for nearly 30 years and YMCA St Paul’s Group has taken over the management to ensure youth activities continue in the area.
Comprising a sports hall, a chill-out area, a sizeable kitchen/diner and a fully equipped music room, the Hampton Youth Project is a great place for young people to gather, under the watchful eye of our staff. Activities on offer include cooking, craft, sports and music sessions but of course, with the table tennis, TV and sofas, it’s a relaxed space for young people to simply hang out.
What’s on for young people
On Monday afternoons from 3.15pm-5.45pm, young people have a free session, where they can choose which activities to take part in, while on Wednesday afternoons 3.15pm-5.45pm, there is a structured session and workshop where activities are guided by YMCA youth workers. On Mondays from 6.30pm-8.45pm we run a wall climbing and archery session for 11-19 year olds with a qualified tutor, which is also inclusive for young people aged up to 25 with additional needs.
Tuesday evenings are our senior sessions for 16-19 year olds and is popular with local young people, many of whom are studying or working. Imogen Hambi aged 18 from Feltham, a special needs support worker, has been attending the youth project for the last 8 years. She says: “It’s a great place to come, to just chill out with my friends. The staff here are so supportive. We can’t afford to hang out in the pub as we’ve all just started working, so this place is great. Most of us started coming here while we were at Hampton High School.”
Many local teenagers and parents may have walked past the big building in Hampton Square but not really acknowledged what’s inside. It’s a wonderful facility that has so much to offer and it’s free to attend. YMCA Area Youth Manager Trevor Swaby has this advice to those who are interested: “Just come along, have a look around and see what there is. The YMCA staff are here to help and support local young people – it’s what we do best.”
Everyone is welcome to attend the opening of the Hampton Youth Project on Tuesday 27 March, from 6pm, with free refreshments and activities and which will be officially opened by the Mayor of Richmond.
For more details, contact Trevor Swaby on 07917 087784.