Staffordshire Clubs for Young People ("Staffs CYP") is a registered charity which works with young people aged 10 to 19 throughout the county, delivering various sports, arts, health and well being, leadership and team building youth events, competitions and youth work projects. Our work focuses on the personal and social development of young people.
Staffs CYP was established by the father of our current and long-serving President The Lord Stafford in 1960 and was part of the National Boys Clubs, During the 1980s the Association was re-branded as the National Association of Clubs For Young People, and the Staffordshire Committee therefore established Staffordshire Clubs for Young People, or Staffs CYP.
We now operate Staffs CYP with a full-time Youth Development Officer, two part-time workers, six volunteers and a small voluntary management team, despite being a relatively small charity we regularly work with over 3000 contacts a year in the Staffordshire area, where we provided youth events, youth clubs/projects, sports sessions and competitions to many young people in some of the most deprived areas of Staffordshire.
Currently our aim is to expand our work in order to meet the social and educational needs of young people in Staffordshire. We still provide sports competitions and events, but as our President, The Lord Stafford has said: “With the demise of Staffordshire County Council Youth Services and the closure of all 38 Statutory Youth Clubs, our work at Staffs CYP has never been so important. £40,000 per annum is key to keeping our doors open and to continue the delivery of our exceptional programme to the Young People of Staffordshire who otherwise would not be able to take part.”
We now provide youth activities such as detached youth work, summer activity programmes, crime diversionary projects, health and well being projects, etc. Working in this different way has meant that we now work more closely with other partners such as local authorities, local Councillors, Community groups, the Police, training providers, schools, residents associations and other stakeholders to deliver the quality work that greatly benefits young people and their communities.
Our projects are often heavily subsidised and we feel that money should not be a barrier to access and participation in Staffs CYP projects. We rely on donations and we apply for grants and funding both locally and nationally. This is a big part of our work and without funding, the work could not continue. We also organise our own fundraising activities and this year’s fundraiser is once more at Oakamoor where we are recreating a famous pre-WW1 speed hill climb on Saturday 14th July 2018 during the Oakamoor Festival weekend. As last year's fundraising event was deemed a success, it was agreed to organise a bigger event this year, with the backing of the Oakamoor Festival Committee. Do come and support us on the day - it will be a wonderful occasion!
If you cannot attend but would like donate to this very important cause, click here to access our page on the Virgin Money Giving website.
Delivering successful programmes for young people is our aim; click here to view just some of the testimonials.