MTV Newsletter 18. November 2017
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This term we continue to run our Friday night club from two venues. Club night is Fridays between 7pm and 8.30pm. Young people can choose whether to attend St Mary’s School for outdoor sport or Hampton Baptist Church for indoor games, crafts and cooking.  Our volunteers never fail to impress with ideas for different and interesting activities. Examples this term include making wallets out of coffee bags, using the sewing machines for skirts and rucksacks and designing wooden racing cars. 

Awards Night

We had a wonderful 6th birthday party and awards night on 7 July with 112 people attending.  Blessed with a warm and sunny evening, members enjoyed a bouncy obstacle course, crafts and games before the awards ceremony.

Our grateful thanks to Councillor Suzette Nicholson and PCSO Marek Regan for giving out the Jack Petchey achievement and Club awards. Congratulations to all of our winners and particularly to Zach Hassler and Ellie Bidgood who scooped the Male and Female ‘Star of the Year’ awards.
Jack Petchey Award scheme
The club continues to run the Jack Petchey Award scheme and our recent vote led to winners Annalee James and Robert Bailey. Annalee and Robert are Young Leaders and quieter members of the group. We are delighted that their steady and helpful commitment to the club has been recognised.
Goodbye to the Robleys
We were very sorry to say goodbye to John, Sarah, Rebecca, John-George and Rosemary at half term. All three children have enjoyed the club and John and Sarah have been fantastic volunteers. Sarah had led the craft table over the last year, and John was often found on the football courts or helping pack away the heavy equipment at the end of the evening. The family have relocated to the Lake District and we wish them all well in their new life ‘up north’.

The departure of Sarah has left a gap in our craft programme. If anyone is particularly ‘crafty’ and could help share their skills with our young people, we really would welcome help - please get in touch.
Welcome to Mamta
It is with great pleasure that we welcome Mamta Khanna to our Governance group. Mamta was formerly a Richmond Council Village Planning Project Manager and Community Links worker in Hampton and knows the area and people well. She has a wealth of voluntary sector experience and we are delighted she has joined our ranks.
Investing in Our Young Leaders
One of our passions at MTV Youth is to invest in our young people. A couple of years ago we started our Young Leaders’ scheme. This was designed to give young people who were becoming too old to attend the club an opportunity to still be part of MTV Youth but in a leadership role – which means helping the older volunteers to run the club.

We were delighted therefore this term to secure funding from the Council’s Civic Pride fund to develop and run a leadership programme. The aim was to train and equip our young people (aged 13-15) to be fantastic young leaders both at MTV and other ventures throughout their lives.

The Leadership Skills training course started in September and we are very happy with how it has gone. An average of 10 Young leaders have attended the first seven sessions and the topics covered so far have been Different Types of Leaders; Values of a Leader; Communication and Time management. The sessions have combined teaching with games, team building activities and prizes. The course also includes individual mentoring and goal setting and a weekend residential. This took place at half term at Hindleap Warren and involved night orienteering, pioneering, problem solving, mining, kayaking and crate stacking. A particular highlight for the young people was the mining activity and in the short time they were away we saw a noticeable improvement in their communication and teamwork skills. Feedback from the instructors and the centre as a whole was particularly good –the caving instructors described the young leaders as the best group they had ever h
ad in all the years they have been doing it.
It continues to be a pleasure to work with the young leaders and we believe the investment in them is very much to the gain of the youth club as a whole.

News from our Governance Group
and Venue Update

We want to say a huge thank you to Derek Winterburn who stepped down as Chair of the group at the annual meeting in November. Ben Lovell has taken over as our new Chair. The Governance group has a heavy agenda at present as it continues to negotiate with Richmond Council to secure the project its own base at the St Mary’s School site on Oldfield Road. There will then be building work and decorating to be done. Having a single base on this site is a huge priority to the club to be able to consolidate and develop our work for young people and maximise the gifts and energy of our volunteer team. We very much hope to be making more progress with this over the next couple of months. 
Fundraising Group
As a club we have a fundraising group to help with grant applications and plan events and a supporters club to help support the club financially. We are currently in need of a new Chair for this group and members who can help contribute with ideas or practical help.  If this might be you, we would love to hear from you.

This month we would like to thank:

  • The Council’s Civic Pride fund for a grant of £5,000 to run the leadership skills training.

  • A local donor who has given the club another donation of £1,000.

  • Hampton Village Traders Association for a donation of £200.

  • Bottomline Technologies for another donation of £100.

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