Victoria Robson – Director of Service Delivery
It’s been another epic ‘Summer of Fun’ here at The Door. Our youth centre theme ‘Fun to be young’ certainly lived up to its name with a seemingly endless stream of activities, trips and themed sessions for young people to enjoy. As ever the youthwork team rose to the challenge ensuring young people have a safe, supportive and special place to hang out over the summer. Our final trip of the summer programme was to the Cinema in Bristol and it’s fitting that the young people chose to watch ‘Incredibles 2’ as that’s the word I would use to describe The Door and the wonderful team.
Our incredible summer has not only been great for young people but much has been going on behind the scenes too. Since the start of the summer, we have secured not one, but two long term contracts as the lead provider of youthwork in Dursley and Cam and Wotton-under-Edge. We are so delighted to continue to have the opportunity to serve young people and families in these areas, as well as our other 4 centres across the district.
Preparations have also been underway to streamline the administration and plan the provision of others services such as mentoring and the continued development of our young parents group aDOORables. aDOORables made possible not only by the generous funding from Peter Lang Charitable Trust, but also our collaboration with Homestart to provide the very best support to potentially isolated young parents.
A further exciting development starting in September has been our facilitation of a brand new provision for young people in years 12 and 13. This is a specialist course hosted by Gloucester College at The Door, for young people who might find a traditional learning setting too challenging – more on this to follow!
So as you can see the landscape never stands still here at The Door and this month we were also excited to welcome new team members to our shop and youthwork team.
An incredible summer it certainly has been and now time to look forward to a fantastic autumn serving so many more in the Stroud District and beyond.