About Us

About Sussex Clubs For Young People

Established for over 70 years, Sussex Clubs for Young People are committed to developing a vibrant voluntary and community youth sector, which involves, empowers and meets the needs of young people in Sussex. Our current memberships includes over 90 youth organisations working with nearly 10,000 young people. Sussex Clubs for Young People responds to the challenges of delivering meaningful youth work and we constantly strive to provide fresh, fun and rewarding activities for the young people of Sussex. There is no annual membership fee, so even small or start-up clubs can access our benefits which allows us to reach as many groups as possible.

The membership offer has been reviewed within the changing context of the youth sector. Our work covers five key areas:

CONNECTING MEMBERS: We work with a range of organisations, their management committees and boards of autonomous clubs or charities to represent them on forums; provide access to safeguarding training; carry out DBS checks for staff and volunteers; support with quality assurance; and to our member's affiliation to the national bodies Ambition UK and UK Youth.

CONNECTING TEAMS: We offer training to club leaders, youth workers and volunteers; summer camps, activities and workshops at subsidised rates; member networks.

CONNECTING VOICES: We train young volunteers in leadership accredited by the Open College Network; support youth voice; and are building a network of Young Leaders to facilitate engagement with all our activities.

CONNECTING RESOURCES: We connect members with shared transport options; develop local authority assets such as youth centres; support members to access and raise funds; and increasingly provide youth workers as part of a growing 'Youth Club Franchise' or detached teams as 'Streetmate' to support local projects.

CONNECTING COMMUNITIES: We work with Lions Club International through their Adopt-a-Youth Club programme; support youth clubs with fundraising, guidance, business networks and volunteers; support the development of social action by young people; and are working to create Leos Clubs supported by their local Lions Clubs.

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