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Young people

Charlbury Community Centre aims to provide facilities and activities for young people, from babies right through to young adults. Thomas Gifford Room is our “Youth Room” and has been kitted out with things we hope will make it a hub for young people. There are bean bags, a large screen and black-out blinds, free WiFi, charging stations and ipads available to borrow. There is a table tennis and pool table. And there may be times set aside when it is quiet for people who want to get on with their homework. And of course there is the café for refreshments. The back door leads straight out onto Nineacres recreation ground with its sports fields and children’s play area.

School Holiday Activities

Each half term  holiday we offer multi-sport activity sessions for children of primary school age. The next one is in May and the sessions will run, as usual on Tuesday 29th  and Thursday 31st May 2018 from 2-4pm. Price £10 per child, with a maximum of 20 children per session. These will be run by Paul Quibell-Smith, who is a qualified coach and works extensively with the primary schools around Charlbury.

In the summer holidays this year we will be teaming up with St Mary’s church in order for us to be able to offer full days of care and activities on 31st July-3rd August inclusive. Children can spend the morning doing craft activities at the church and then be brought up to the Community Centre to eat their packed lunch and spend the afternoon doing sport in the main hall.

Following that we will offer four sessions of multi-sport activities similar to those in half term i.e. Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2-4pm on 7th, 9th, 14th and 16th August.

After School Activity Clubs

  • Available  for young people aged 8 and above
  • Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 4-5pm, term time only
  • Sports activities in the main sports hall
  • Arrive at 3.45pm for prompt 4pm start, bring suitable, clean footwear to change into
  • Lockers available but not the changing rooms
  • Cost only £3 per session on a drop in basis.

Secondary School Activity Club

  • For young people of secondary school age (11-18)
  • Thursday afternoons, 5-6pm, term time only
  • Choose your activity amongst yourselves, we will set it up and leave you to play
  • Bring suitable, clean, indoor footwear to change into
  • Cost only £1 per session on a drop in basis.

Youth Clubs

  • Open sessions for young people of secondary school age – Fridays 7-9pm. Only £1 per session

Young people can use the Sports Hall (for the first hour) and the Thomas Gifford Room to meet up with others and chill out in their own space. There is a table tennis table, pool table, board games and a large screen TV to show movies and sport.  We welcome ideas about what else young people would like to have available for their sessions. For further information, or to volunteer to help with these sessions please contact Margie: mglasgow@theridgegroup.com

Following the success of Friday night youth club, we are now in a position of having to limit numbers for safeguarding purposes. Therefore please be aware that numbers will be limited to the first 35 young people arriving at the centre. Youth Club runs every Friday (except bank holidays) from 7pm to 9pm (notice new closing time), with sports activities in the sports hall for the first hour and is open to young people attending secondary school.

Activities for Under-5s

  • Bump-to-One: Tuesdays 10-11am. A social group for mums to be and new parents and carers with their babies. Designed Pregnancy pictureto enable/encourage new parents to meet and support each other, while their babies can enjoy a social setting in a comfortable and welcoming space. The group welcomes all expectant mums, parents and carers, and babies up to 12 months. Run  by Liz Hutchins, supported and visited by the health visitor. £1 per adult. Stay on for:
  • Well-baby clinic: Tuesdays 11am-12. A regular opportunity to have babies weighed and checked and to gain advice and support. No charge. Hosted by the community centre but run by the health visitor.
  • Stay and Play: Wednesdays 10-11am 10-11.00 am.  A play group for parents and carers with their children up to 5 years. A range of activities offered. An opportunity for parents to meet and support each other and for their children to develop social, personal, language and motor skills. £3 per family.  Run by Jenny Harrison, supported by Jason Biles.

Toddler gym

  •     Toddler Gym: Wednesdays 11.15am-12. A structured session for 2½ – 5 year olds, accompanied by a parent/carer, aimed at developing physical and social skills, building confidence and having fun. Run by Jason Biles, supported by Jenny Harrison. £3 per child £5 for two.

These sessions are all drop-in sessions, no need to book. For more information please contact the centre or email sueeterry@btinternet.com


Children’s Parties

Charlbury Community Centre is a great space to hold children’s parties. We can offer, for example, an hour in the sports hall (set up for whichever sport you prefer – supervised by us or by you) followed by an hour in the Thomas Gifford room, where children can have some food, or do quieter activities. You can provide the food yourself or we can arrange for caterers to do it for you. Please contact Jenny jenny@charlburycommunitycentre.org.uk for details and to find out about prices and availability.

Photo of TG room decorated for a partyPhoto of sports hall with childrens party

Library sessions

The library runs occasional story sessions, especially in the school holidays, and hosts many school visits during term time.

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If you can help with activites for young people we would love to hear from you as they often need high levels of supervision