We provide different opportunities for young people to get involved, ranging from summer activities to term-time youth clubs.
Each year Elmbridge Borough Council’s Play Development team runs the Shout! programme for children and families. However, due to CV-19 they’re unable to do this safely and are instead sharing other fun opportunities
During the summer of 2018 we ran a successful Shout! activity week for young people at St John’s estate (Walton), which was in a partnership with the play development team who are based at Elmbridge Borough Council. We had 25 young people - ranging from ages 2 to 16 years old - attending on most days and we got to know several other families as a result of their involvement.
The kids were pleased to be “doing something" as they'd been “bored" over the summer break and many parents commented that this was a “great opportunity" during the holidays and free on their door step. The kids got involved with different types of arts and crafts alongside games and sports. To name a few, this ranged from face painting and tattoo art, to making dream catchers and jewellery, and to theatre, circuits and football.
Sport can help to improve physical, mental, and social well-being. Local sports teachers are helping young people who want to learn and get better at football and FREE football session for girls and boys are available in the Walton-on-Thames area.
All of the sessions will be held at Walton Oak School (Ambleside Avenue, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 3LN) from 4.45pm to 5.45pm as follows:
- Mondays - boys only | 6 to 9 years
- Tuesdays - boys only | 10 to 14 years
- Fridays - girls only | all ages
For more details contact Mark 07771 766197 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Eikon Youth Club
Our community partner Eikon Youth Charity is running a virtual youth club available for our residents/boroughs in Elmbridge (Walton), Runnymede (Addlestone) and Spelthorne (Staines).
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The Eikon Youth project runs every Tuesday evening from 6pm to 7.30pm at the Cromwell Community Centre on the St John’s estate (Walton-on-Thames). It’s aimed at 10-15 year old young people who would like to get involved in different projects. The scheme has done art based work, cooking and, in the warmer weather, will be doing some sport based activities outside. It recruits about 10 young people and is presently full. The scheme is supported by PA Housing and Walton Charity and complements our work with the KT12 Football project (a project based at Walton Oak School reaching 70 local children).
Families Matter Café
Families Matter is a project jointly sponsored by the Diocese of Guildford and Surrey County Council. It runs in three areas across the Surrey and its main aim is to work with young families who have children between the ages of 5 and 10 who may feel isolated in their local area. They do this through signposting the family to the right support; and putting people in touch with services that can help. They also offer a befriended support scheme.
Locally, Families Matter Walton run a fortnightly café at the Cromwell Community Centre on the St John’s estate. This is a very well supported part of the project on top of the individual case work the coordinator carries our. There is an “honesty” food bank available on that day as well. If you would like to know more about the project please contact the coordinator, Carol Robins
Our two preschools, Thames View and Caterpillars and in Walton-on-Thames are free for 2, 3 and 4 year olds. The schools are run local residents who employ local people. It is match funded by PA Housing and the local authority.