St Mary's Island Youth Club

The Island Castaways youth club opened in May 2008 and is affiliated to Kent Youth.

The Club meets at the Community Centre every Friday evening during term time from 7.00 to 9.00 pm and offers cricket, table tennis, pool, karaoke, a craft table and tuck shop. Other activities include discos, theme nights, sports and dancing sessions with professional trainers.

The Club invites all children starting Year 6 at the Island School or who live on the Island to become Members and meets most Friday evenings at the Community Centre between 7 pm and 9 pm during term-time.  The club currently has a membership of almost 60 children, between the ages of 10 and 13 years and has 30 volunteers who each try and attend one Friday night a month and more if they feel able.    Just go along and see what's on offer. Parental Consent forms are required after the first attendance.

The Club is run by a small number of CRB checked volunteers of all ages and always seeking further volunteers.  If you would like to give something back to the community, please call David Taylor on 893447

There was an attempt to re-open the Youth Club at the beginning of 2016 but due to lack of regular volunteers this was not possible.  The Club is dependent on getting enough regular volunteers who can give one Friday night a month from 6.30 pm to 9.15 pm to add to the existing volunteer list.  With new volunteers and a new Club Leader, Rodney Parr, the Club re-opened on the 16th  September 2016.   Rodney is committed to maintaining the success of the Club for the immediate future and beyond.  A "Street Dance" evening and a Shoe Box Appeal, through Medway Sunlight Rotary, for "Children in Need" took place in November 2016.  More recent events include Nerf Gun Wars, Circus Skills and Cheerleading and a lot more is planned for the future.  Since the Club has re-opened it has raised almost £100 for Children in Need and more recently over £120 for Red Nose Day.  If you would like to try a taster session then you can go along on one of the dates below; you would be most welcome.    

In addition to financial assistance from the Trust, the Club has received funding from Ward Councillors and a possible grant is pending from "Street Cops" fund through the local PCSO.   

Volunteers are required to help to set-up equipment and keep a watching brief or they can get involved if they wish. If you can give some time to support the Club please call David Taylor on 01634 893447 or email  taylordj@blueyonder.co.uk.   

Nerf Gun Wars

The Club recently held a Nerf Gun Wars evening which was great fun and plenty more is planned for the future. A volleyball session proved very popular and it is hoped that this will be repeated again in the future.   

The Club will open in 2017 on the following dates:    

February:  3rd / 10th (Circus Skills) / 17th (Cooking Night) and 24th 

March:  3rd / 10th / 17th  and 24th   

April:  21st and 28th 

May:  5th / 12th / 19th and 26th 

June:  9th / 16th / 23rd and 30th  

July:  7th  - the Club has organised a session of 'Circus Skills' by a professional presenter which many members will have experienced and enjoyed earlier in the year.  The Club are also inviting children from the current year 5 at St. Mary's Island School to join them for a 'Taster Evening' to share with them the Youth Club experience and to invite them to become members starting in early September next year, if they so wish.  The normal charge of £2.00 per member per night will be waived for Year 5 children for this 'Taster Evening'.  

At the Club they will be able to participate in normal activities of table tennis, snooker, pool, electronic  computer games as well as craft, art and table games.  At the end of the evening participants will be invited to take home a 'Joining Pack' for parents to study and sign if you wish to become a member.   

The Club is then closed during the summer holidays and will re-open in September.  

Latest news (May 2017):  

Now that the lighter summer evenings are upon us, St. Mary's Island Primary School has kindly agreed again this year to allow the Club to have access to their playing fields on Friday evenings until further notice and this will start on return from half-term on Friday 9th June.  This access has been granted by kind agreement from the Headteacher, Mrs Easton, and members are reminded that any abuse of equipment or littering will result in this concession being removed.  The amazing volunteers will be in attendance at the playing fields and in the Community Centre.  Members who wish to enjoy the outdoors must sign the Registration Sheet both before leaving the Community Centre, and upon their return.   The Club is responsible for members' conduct and safety when leaving and returning to the Community Centre to access the fields so members are asked to be responsible and co-operate with the Volunteers to ensure their safety at all times.

The Club has just had an application to 'the Streetcops Trust' for funding approved which will enable them to purchase a fold away snooker and pool table together with some new electronic games.  This was presented to the Club by Alan Parfett from Streetcops Trust on Friday 8th September.  The photograph shows Youth Club Secretary, David Taylor, Alan Parfett from Streetcops Trust and Gubs Samrai Youth Club Honorary Treasurer.   

The Club will be open on the following dates after the summer break:  

Friday 8th September (a representative from Streetcops Trust will be presenting a new pool table and electronic games)

Friday 15th September

Friday 22nd September

Friday 29th September  

Further dates as follows:  

October - Friday 6th, Friday 13th (Tag Archery), Friday 20th and then closed for half-term 

November - Friday 3rd, Friday 10th (Volleyball), Friday 17th (Children In Need), Friday 24th and then closed for end of term   

December - Friday 8th, Friday 15th (Christmas Party)

The Club will re-open on Friday 5th January 2018.     

Members are reminded to take their Membership Cards with them to speed up registration.  


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