MTV Newsletter 24. October 2019
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Thanks to everyone who came to our 8th Birthday Party, official opening of ‘The Bungalow’ and our annual awards evening. In a wonderfully fine and uplifting evening, 153 people joined us for an evening of celebration.  That we were joined by several of our original club members, along with PCSO Marek Regan and the Reverend David Lloyd - both pivotal in setting up the club in 2011 - made it extra special.

We were also very grateful to Gareth Roberts, the Leader of the Council and Sir Vince Cable MP who both presented the young people with their awards. It was particularly pleasing to hear Sir Vince speak about the impact of the club from his own perspective as a local MP - anti-social behaviour carried out by youth in the area had been one of the biggest community concerns in his whole time as an MP and he confirmed how he used to be bombarded with complaints about it from local residents until MTV Youth opened its doors in 2011. From that time on complaints have substantially decreased and he paid tribute to the club and all the volunteers and staff involved in this ‘source of hope’ which has made such a difference to the local community.

Our award winners

Congratulations to our young people who won club awards including:

Laela Bannister and Kyle Inanc -  Craft Awards

Mya Bevan and Harry Morris - Sports Awards

Geoff, Holger, Tyler, Christian, Marla, Nikolas and Szymon
 Team of the Year for Water Rockets

Tyler Woolford and Ava Warren who received the club’s
  ‘MTV Star of the Year’ awards.

Young Leaders

This term we have a team of 15 Young Leaders as some new faces have joined our more experienced members. The Young Leaders are aged 14-17 and help set up and pack away the club each week and run activities for the other members. At the start of each term we run an adult volunteers and young leaders’ training session - this provides an excellent opportunity to bond as a team, share expertise and plan the term ahead.  We also want to give the Young Leaders an opportunity to have fun and develop their personal leadership skills. At the start of term 10 of them met in Kingston to solve puzzles around the town and then in October came the annual residential trip to Hindleap Warren. Nine young leaders went away, taking part in activities like caving, canoeing, Jacob’s ladder, Crate Stack, archery and team challenges. Friendships were reinforced and lots of fun was had as the young people learnt some new things and improved their teamwork skills.


This term, we are also setting aside 30 minutes on Friday nights to review the content of the ‘Leadership Skills Training Programme’ which ran in 2017-18. This time around the Young Leaders who previously attended the course are helping to train the new members.

Club Nights

We continue to open our doors every Friday night during term time to young people aged between 8 and 14 and are pleased to be welcoming new members each week. Since we opened our doors for the first club of term on Friday 13 September, 76 young people have joined - we always start our membership list anew each September in line with the academic year. An average of over 40 young people attend the club each week. This is great to see especially considering that in 2018-19, when we were running the club from two premises, we did not reach this same number of members until very late in January. 

The space we now have at the Bungalow and its easy access to St Mary's School's outdoor facilities means that each week young people can take part in so many more activities. Inside there’s always at least one craft to do and/or cooking as well as air hockey, table football, pool, games and the tuck shop. Outside the young people can join in with our weekly fitness session, football, basketball or badminton with other sports like touch rugby, tennis or hockey also making appearances throughout the year. Above all the young people just appreciate the chance to hang out with their friends in a safe, welcoming environment.

Our Values

Over the last year we’ve developed our club values, which are summed up as: ‘Lead by Example’, ‘Support Each Other’ and ‘Have Fun’. We are very grateful to Max Hunt of Chalky Signs & Designs who has beautifully (and painstakingly!) written these on to our wall. As we run our activities we are always guided by these and hope this visual representation will help embed them into our members’ hearts and minds. 

Fundraising for our future

The celebration also marked the launch of our fundraising campaign to raise £200,000 by the end of 2020 in order to buy the Bungalow and thus secure our future on the site. 

We’ve had a fantastic start to our bid with £15,000 being donated by a supporter of the club who wishes to remain anonymous and a further £1,000 being donated by an ‘anonymous’ couple who have donated that same amount to MTV on two previous occasions over the past 2 years. 

Our volunteers and supporters have also taken up the challenge through various fundraising efforts. A big thank you to Susan Green, Founder of Inspiring Women, for raising over £700 in sponsorship by giving up alcohol for July; to Tanja Marsen for completing the Ride London event in August and raising £1,500 for the club in the process and to Hilary Hart who also raised £1,500 by walking the Camino trail during the Summer. It’s incredibly encouraging to hear people get behind our bid and we are so grateful for everyone who has supported the club over the years to get this far. The aim of MTV Youth is to see lives transformed and potential fulfilled and for that to happen we need to secure our future on the site and make it a hub for the whole community, where people are met at their point of need and provided with the necessary support. We appreciate any help in making our vision become a reality so please get in touch if you would like to donate to the cause.

Thank yous

To Rob Blackwood from ‘Interrupt the Routine’ for compèring at our quiz night which raised £700 for the club*

To the Heathrow Communities Together Fund for a grant of £2,500*

To the Harlequins Foundation for a grant of £2,500*

To a private donor who has donated £15,000

To an 'anonymous' couple who once again have donated £1,000 to the club

To Bottomline Technologies for repeat donations of £100

To Hilary Hart for raising £1,500 by walking the Camino trail

To Tanja Marsen who raised £1,500 by cycling the Prudential Ride London

To the Inspired Women for making us their charity of the year

*These funds are to be put towards refurbishing MTV’s outdoor space

Thank you also to Max Hunt of Chalky Signs & Designs for doing a brilliant job of writing up our core values on the Bungalow's main room wall.

Term dates Autumn 2019

13 September - 13 December except half term on 1 November

MTV Values: Lead by Example, Support Each Other and Have Fun

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