Established as a charity in 1866, St Andrew’s has been providing services to young people and the community in south Westminster for 150 years. We offer a structured programme of creative, recreational and sporting activities with the emphasis placed on personal, social and educational development for over 700 members from the ages of 5 up to adulthood.
Our planned activities include: arts & craft to cookery and chess, from graffiti art to music production and yoga. Plus we field five football teams every weekend and other sporting activities from boxing to karate. We also run workshops on topical issues that may well affect many of our members, such as drugs, gun crime and bullying, etc.
In addition to the planned activities programmes, St Andrew’s youth work team provide support to our 16 to 30 age members and alumni through various sporting training courses, further education, CV advice and employment opportunities. We work with a number of job brokerage schemes to assist our members and corporate partners to offer work experience and apprenticeships.
By offering informal education programmes to our older members enables those who have not achieved in the formal education system a sense of pride and improved self-esteem. We offer support to a range of sporting qualifications from FA football instructions to YMCA personal fitness training as well providing skiing instructor and youth work qualifications.
St Andrew's is more than a youth community club, it is very much embedded into the community - we have some of our members who are the grandchildren of former members. Our members, alumni and families value the work we do at St Andrew's, and what we do goes beyond the Club's doors, benefiting the wider community which we serve.
The Peter Cruddas Foundation has been generous in donating £5,000 towards our work with disadvantaged young people aged 16 to 30.
Colin became a member of St. Andrews when he was 14 and was an instant hit with other members as he was a very accomplished football player.
Colin left school at 16 without any qualifications and was unable to find work. He became directionless, drifting along through life. However, the youth leader began to notice that he was visiting the Club wearing better quality clothes, plus he had purchased a new motor bike.
It was sometime later when Colin visited the Club that he was showing signs of distress. He confided to a youth worker that he had been involved in drug and gang related activities. Our team of youth workers spent time building a supportive relationship with Colin, developing trust in the hope he would realise the inevitable consequences of dealing with drugs and being involved in gangs.
It was earlier in 2015 that Colin started to attending the gym at St Andrew’s on a regular basis which has inspired him to become a fitness instructor. This has been a positive step for Colin and the Club is currently supporting him to gain a YMCA personal trainer qualification.
At present he is midway through a seven week course and once qualified the team can further support him in finding employment at a professional gym.
For more information visit www.standrewsclub.com