Posted by: Belinda Hargreaves
Mon 18th December 2023
Christmas has come early for a youth provision initiative in Derbyshire – thanks to the Spirit of Alfreton.
AYUP (Alfreton Youngsters Umbrella Provision) is a fabulous volunteer run initiative which offers a multitude of weekly activities for youngsters in the town.
The CIC (Community Interest Company) was set up in July of this year and the activities it offers includes:
Funding the Blend Outreach Youth Project to be out and about engaging the youth in activities in town on Monday evenings. This starts off at 4pm from the Welfare/Skatepark at the David Nieper Academy.
Sports Club Night for 11 to 16 year olds at Alfreton Leisure Centre on Wednesdays between 4pm and 6pm.
LGBTQ+ Night at Alfreton Tea Rooms on Thursday evenings between 5.30pm and 7pm.
Funding the Old Farm Bus to put on a youth club for 11-17 year olds at Mansfield Road Community Hall every Friday between 5pm and 7pm which includes games and activity workshops.
AYUP relies on donations from the local community and has largely been made possible by the fundraising efforts of James Simpson, who has raised thousands of pounds to support youth services in the town since last summer.
Our team, here at the Spirit of Alfreton, have been that impressed with what AYUP offers and the enthusiasm from the volunteers who run it that we decided to make a donation of £500 to the cause this Christmas.
Christopher Nieper, of David Nieper Women’s Fashions in Alfreton, is the philanthropic publisher of the Spirit of Alfreton – your town’s not-for-profit community news website.
Christopher recently met up with some of the fabulous volunteers who run AYUP.
Christopher said: “I was hugely impressed by the initiative of local people to set this up. It is a fantastic scheme which offers many activities to the youngsters of our town.
“I was also impressed by the energy and enthusiasm of the AYUP volunteers who I met – James Simpson, Mary Kerry and Tina Crooks.”
Christopher added: “I hope this contribution helps to support AYUP and I would encourage other organisations in our area to make a donation.”
AYUP volunteer James Simpson said: “It’s only with the help of the local community that we can keep providing our very well attended youth clubs.
“We are entirely funded through donations, so thank you Spirit of Alfreton.”
Anyone wishing to make a donation to AYUP can contact them through their Facebook page here
Read more Spirit of Alfreton articles all about AYUP here
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