Youth and Community

Youth Club

Junior sessions welcome anyone aged between 7 and 11 years old (school years 3-6), Senior sessions welcome anyone aged between 11 and 16 years old (school years 7-11).  Some young people may be vulnerable and/or have additional needs. We provide safe environments & ensure continued engagement & participation in planned programmes of non-formal educational positive activities, sports etc & issue-based work that are enjoyable & challenging; where young people can socialise, relevant to the needs  & development of individuals & peer groups.

Parkour

Non-competitive indoor coached junior and senior sessions with equipment, through running, jumping, climbing & quadrupedal movement. Develops strength, fitness, balance, spatial awareness, agility, coordination, precision & control to build confidence, determination, self-discipline, self-reliance & responsibility for one’s actions.  We also find it effective for those resistant to take up sport/exercise

Judo

Our club is a member of the  British Judo Association (BJA) which is the governing body for the Olympic Sport of Judo in the United Kingdom.  Welcoming anyone from the age of 4 years up with a free first taster session.  Every Friday evening our Sports Hall is transformed into our own Dojo where we hold junior and senior sessions and regular gradings.  Judo is a sport that everyone can do, that combines physical activity, self-defence skills and discipline building confidence, self-esteem, mental and physical health and respect for others.

Young Carers

Our Young Carers groups provide a programme of activities for young carers (juniors 7–12yrs and seniors 13-18yrs), where they can take a break from their caring responsibilities and respite from the pressures at home, socialise, have fun, learn new skills and talk to someone who understands their situation.  These sessions provide a much-needed break from caring responsibilities as well as an opportunity to meet people with similar experiences and eat a meal together. Our sessions provide a safe place where they can relax, play board games, listen to music, try new activities, play sports, have fun and feel less isolated; promoting their well -being.  Parents may not be well enough to take their child to a session so we organise and provide transport to ensure they can get to where they need to be.

Holiday Activity Clubs

School holidays provide an opportunity for young people aged 7-11 years to spend their day with us
at our Centre in Taunton for a day full of fun, making new friends and engaging in activities that are
challenging, rewarding and enjoyable.
The day with us is packed with fun and something for everyone; the young people can expect to
participate in various arts and crafts, team challenges, games and cooking. An extensive program of
sporting activities take place in our own indoor and outdoor facilities and we have a dedicated area
where we can practise forest school and gardening. Treasure and scavenger hunts are a welcome
activity that incorporates physical, mental and observational skills. Music making and sensory
activities are enjoyed by all young people not just those with SEN. We also have a pet corn snake
which provides caring and nurturing activities as well as the opportunity to challenge
misconceptions.

If you have any queries about these sessions, please contact YMCA Taunton

Youth Team (Sarah) on 01823 274667 or email youthteam.ymcataunton@btconnect.com