New worker at the Gaff Youth Project

Last year we said our fond farewells to all the youth workers at the Gaff as one by one they have each moved on to new roles. The lead youth worker, Gary Sutton, left at Easter this year to lead other youth clubs nearer to his home. He had dedicated six years to launching and developing the Gaff Youth Project and many young people have benefited from his encouraging and enabling leadership.

Since his departure the GAFF Committee has recruited a member of staff: Barry Stevens, a qualified Youth Worker from Bream, who has many years’ experience of youth work with Herefordshire County Council

 Watch this space to see developments.

The story of a young person @ The Gaff

“I have been coming to the Gaff Youth Project for 3 years and during this time I have learnt many skills such as teamwork, working with younger people, taking part in activities, contributing to youth forum, taking part in cooking, sports and arts and crafts. There are always loads of activities going on that I have taken part in such as team building games, baseball, football, problem solving games, cards, board games and lots of different workshops.

The Gaff has helped me by building my confidence, getting involved in games, being a role model to other and talking to other young people. The youth workers have helped me in building my confidence by letting me take charge of any activities and to get to know the others more. They let you try again and let you have a chance and don’t judge you. They always find time to listen to your problems and help solve them if they can. They have been such a big help in my life and I cant thank them enough”

Young Person,
Aged 15

Volunteers Needed

If you think you have something to offer the Gaff Youth Club, such as support for young people, music, arts, cooking, dance, life skills then please do get in touch. Volunteering and supporting young people can be so rewarding. For more information, contact us or 07786810485

Gaff launches new one to one service

After consultations with the young people, The Gaff will offer private one to one chats with young people at their own discretion. We hope that this service will strengthen relationships between youth workers and young people, primarily giving young people the option to talk about any issues or problems they may have in a safe and secure environment.

The one to one services will be offered on Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:00-9:00pm. If you would like any further information please contact us: or 07786810485

Summer Activities and Trips a Success!

The summer activities and trips have proven very popular with 58 children and young people engaging. Activities have included an Art’s and Sports sessions as well as trips to Western-Super-Mare and Thorpe Park. Trips are still planned to the Cotsworld Farm Park and climbing and canoeing. There will also be more sports sessions with Sutton Soccer Schools who have provided an outstanding service.


Exciting Developments at the Gaff Youth Project

Due to popular demand the youth club has changed the youth club sessions. The sessions are now split into three and are age specific. This gives the young people the opportunity to engage in quality youth work.

The Youth Forum have recently carried out a consultation with the young people of the youth club. Young people agreed that they would like a homework club and the extra support would help them. Homework club has been set up every Tuesday from 7:30-8:15 for years 8-11.

GYP have submitted a total of £10,000 worth of funding bids. We are waiting to see if we have been successful. This money will help support a summer programme & continue the youth work we do.