April 22 – April 23
Thanks to Veolia we have been able to renovate our tired and unfit for purpose kitchen at The Vikes. The result has been remarkable and we now have a fully functioning open plan kitchen that has the facilities to deliver group cooking sessions. The kitchen will give us the opportunity to expand our cooking programmes and provide a much more enjoyable environment for our current cooking course to flourish. Pleas contact us if you wish to hire the kitchen facility, would like to have a look around or are interested in our young person’s Cook Club by following our contact us page.
The Cook Club
October 22 – October 23
Thanks to the Big Lottery Fund we are running cooking programmes for young people aged 12-16. Young people can take part in our 8 week programme that will help to develop a range of different skills that are needed in the kitchen and potentially develop a portfolio to gain a BTEC Cooking Qualification. All ingredients are provided and young people will also receive vouchers to take home to continue their cooking journey. If you or a family member are interested then please contact us through our contact us page as we would love to get you involved.
Re-engaging Family Fitness
April 2021 – April 2022
Thanks to the Big Lottery Community Fund we were able to re-engage our local community of parents and their children back to our fitness sessions that were cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown periods. Offering circuit training and boxercise sessions alongside childcare options we had a fantastic core group who were dedicated to improving their fitness and changing their lifestyle.
We had the opportunity to train local members of the community to deliver sessions and are hoping to be able to gain some extra funding to allow the sessions to continue going forward.
January 2020 – January 2021
Thanks to the Big Lottery Awards for All we carried out weekly fitness sessions for parents and their children. Circuit training and boxercise sessions allowed parents who would normally struggle to get out and exercise the opportunity to get fit, gain nutritional advice and meet other parents. Their children were welcome to join in the sessions or take part in our youth club instead.
These sessions were excellent until COVID-19 hit and we were forced to close face-to-face delivery. Our fantastic wellbeing & witness coach was able to take the programme online and deliver remote fitness sessions and provide support during difficult spells of lockdown.
The Crime Prevention Fund
January 2019 – January 2020
Thanks to the Crimble Prevention fund through we were able to carry out early intervention programmes in local primary schools Bedford, Well Lane and Rock Ferry. The year 6 children took part in exciting sessions gaining positive leadership skills through completing a Primary Leader Award. As part of the programme we also carried out workshops on specific local issues of need such as anti social behaviour, the impact of crime and road safety awarenesss.
The focus was on building understanding and key skills in order to support the children in making more positive choices in the community. The programmes went fantastically well and the children from all schools were a pleasure to work with.
High Sheriff Fund
August 2018 – November 2018:
Thanks to the High Sheriff Funded through Community Foundation we were able to run 14 weeks of junior youth club. 74 different children aged 6-11 had the opportunity to take part in fun sports and dance activities delivered by our elite multi-sport and dance academy partners MW Sports CIC.
The Vikes have run youth club and youth activities for over 50 years and we believe it is vital to provide children and families in the local community opportunities to take part in free activities that allows them to have fun, challenging sessions in a safe and nurturing environment.
Proceeds of Crime Act Fund (POCA)
September 2017 – August 2018:
The aim of the project was to revamp a youth club that was struggling to access funding and regular beneficiaries. Provide a safe space for young people to take part in constructive activity to aid their social development such as sports, dance and arts and craft. The aim was also to foster improved relationships with local police and for police to provide issue based activity’s to engage the local community.
Over a year of both junior and senior youth club seen over 1400 attendees throughout the year period. Thanks to the POCA Fund our centre has been able to regain a foothold in the community and provide a number of different projects that now make the running of the centre sustainable for many years to come.