Announcing a new youth work scheme in Bookham

The launch of a new youth project in Bookham – June 2016


Leatherhead Youth Project (LYP) are delighted to announce a new partnership with, Eastwick Road Church (URC), Bookham Baptist Church and St Nicolas Parish Church, to establish an exciting new youth project supporting Bookham’s young people.

The new youth project which will be part of LYP, will launch a programme of community and faith based youth work in Bookham, offering young people places to go and activities to engage with. Leatherhead Youth Project, who run BFree Youth Café and many other projects at All Saints Church in Leatherhead, will be managing the project, with their senior youth worker Oli Bell becoming Bookham’s full time youth worker.

Bookham has had very little ‘open access’ youth provision since changes to local authority youth services in 2015 and this new youth project hopes to engage with local young people who can benefit from the support of local youth clubs and activities. These kinds of activities can boost confidence, reduce anti-social behaviour and teach important new skills. Bookham Youth and Community Centre will be the main base of the new youth project, however sports and detached youth work will also be offered around the community and the project plans to work within local schools (primary and secondary).

This is the next step in a time of growth for LYP, having started our first social enterprise, Allsaints Coffee Shop, in 2014, and launching our Mole Valley One to One counseling and mentoring service in 2015. We’re proud to have been approached about beginning this work in Bookham, and look forward to replicating the high quality youth work which has produced such positive outcomes in Leatherhead.

Joe Crome, General Manager of Leatherhead Youth Project:

“This is an exciting new project which will really benefit young people in Bookham. We’re delighted to be involved and to also offer the youth work we provide in Leatherhead to young people in Bookham.”

Oli Bell, who will be leading the new Bookham youth project.

“We’re really excited to get started. The first step is to find out what young people need and what kind of activities they would like to engage with. We’ll then start running sessions and see what the response is. We want to provide young people with activities to get involved with, but also to support them with mentoring, group work and other types of projects.”

Rob Stevens, Minister of Bookham Baptist Church and who is part of the Bookham youth steering group:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our Churches to work together for the good of young people in Bookham. The three Churches have made an initial 3 year commitment to the project, and we will support it and hopefully see it grow. Young people need things to do as well as guidance and advice, and we believe this new youth project will be of great benefit to our community.”

The Bookham Youth Project group warmly invites all local residents to the launch of the project on 18th July at Bookham Youth Centre, 6pm – 7:30pm. There will be a presentation about the planned youth activities and members of the public will be asked if they can support the project in any way, including volunteering, donations, giving equipment or skills.


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