Picnics in the sun

During the sumemr Rtahbone youth group went to discover some local parks. The young people wanted to discover local parks that they had never been to, So we went along to Dulwich Park, a beuatiful park with lots of activities and fun to be had. The young people picked a spot in the park and enjoyed a lovely picnic and had a stroll around the park. The youth club then had a great game of rounders and it was time to go home. We were blessed with some lovely weather and straberries 🙂 a

nd enjoyed the climbing frames and the gym that was located further inside the park.

Footie Fun

Rathbone Youth Club were having way to much fun over the summer period. The young people decided that they wanted to access sports facilities in their local area. Each week the young people decided on what sports they would like to do next and Here is a few pictures from a few of the Thursdays during the summer period JAGS – http://www.jags.org.uk/ James Alleyens Girls School – Has amazing sports facilities and the staff were extremely helpful d the youth workers made it happen. It was great for everyone involved to find out about local sports facilities in thier local area.

There is a prize in it!!!!

This term we have been focusing on sports community access and finding out what is in our local area in terms of sports facilities and we found another real gem at the Black Prince Community Hub. The Rathbone group went to check out the amazing Basketball Courts, we hired the Jordon Court which is very impressive, check out their Blog which features a video.
The young people got involved straight away and were teaching the youth workers some of their tricks, spins and defending skills and certainly put them through their paces. We then had a competition of who could put the ball in the back of the net  facing backwards and two prizes were won!!!!

The group were really impressed by the facilities and all enjoyed being out in the community and exploring new sports as a group.


During the Youth Club session the young people enjoyed a spot of Netball at the new and improved Black Prince Community Hub which is owned by the Black Prince Trust, and operated by Better, both charitable social enterprises. It is based on the former Lilian Baylis school site, in Kennington, SE11. Click here for a map.

The group practiced chest passes, bounce passes, pivot turns, defending and shooting in the net. The temptation to run with the ball was very high at the beginning but I think the rules were certainly imbedded by the end of the session. The group got extremely competive once a game started to begin and each member showed their competive streak which the youth workers have not seen before which made it a highly comical and interesting match to watch.

Some of the young people also had a chance to watch some of the other sports that were taking place at the Sports Hub and enjoyed watching the 5-aside football on the two courst next to the Netball pitch.

The weather was certainly nice to us and was a lovely evening enjoyed by the young people and are looking forward to returning back to the netball court again.

Volunteer’s inspires our young people

Rathbone Youth Club has been running for about 30 years and over the years we have see seen our young people grow into adults. So much so that Rathbone has continued to work with those in the Over 25’s group. Rathbone has created close friendships and relationship within the youth clubs and we did not want to see disapper hence opening the over 25 group which meets on a Friday night. Rathbone also now has a Volunteer co-ordinator who works with those wanting to gain experience in various projects and setting within our organisation.For more information visit Rathbone’s website. Two of the over 25 group who both have learning disabilities expressed an interest in volunteering within a youth club seeting, both of them attended the youth club when they were much younger and have been a great asset to both the Tuesday and Thursday Youth Club teams. Through their supervisions with the Volunteer co-oridnator they expressed wanting to gain more qualifications that could boraden their volunteer expeiences and have both gained a Level 2 in food hygiene. They worked really hard on gaining this certifcate so well done!!!! This will come in useful when next term theYouth Club will be concentrating on healthy eating and cooking. Both volunteers are great role models to the young people and we hope they inspire them to take up volunteer and work experience in the near future.

Smiles all around :)))))

Last Thursday the group had a wonderful trip to namco which is based at County Hall on the beautiful Southbank.Namco Station offers a huge amount of entertainment over three floors!
There are 12 lanes of Techno Bowling – for which you can bowl in your own shoes! There is also the spy mission-themed Laser Maze, an exciting race against time to find the targets, dodge the lasers and get out still looking smooth. They also have a bumper cars and plenty of other games and treats and prizes to be won! We started of with a really long but great bumper car session with pumping music that got all the young people ready and rearing to go. We then followed this up with some bowling alley which flashed with neon colours and for every stike that the young person got they recieved some tokens which can be put towards an array of prizes.This was soon folowed by some races on some very high tech car, even the seats were moving and you crashed into the corners. We eneded the session a little late as the young people were having soooo much fun. As we walked along the Southbank in a beautiful orange sky we made our way back to the bus and was taken home. The young people LOVED Namco and was the first time they had ever been they said they would like to return again.So big smiles all around :))))))

Mood Perfromance

Rathbone’s 13-18 year old group worked today with one of Rathbones Drama Therapist Youth Worker.The young people enjoyed the movement based warm up to get them in the mood follwed by duck duck gooes which is the groups favourite. The young people worked through their story board to create a longer more substanstial piece of work. The young people are slowly making their way through the Drama AQA’s and will be getting a certificate.

Drama related to emotions – showed there group pieces which looked at scred, excited, happy and disaapointed. The group had to then guess what emtotion they were acting out. There were some real eye opening and great perfromances from the group. The scared emotion was paticulary played out very well and got the audience in a real state of shock.

Creating a london bus scene

End of session feedback time

Heating up the bowling alleys

Rathbone got a call to say the halls heating had gone. So to the youth club members surprise we took them bowling. They were all very excited about the trip out in the local community and on the way to elephant and castle bowling the were all discussing who was going to win. Once we got there we took over two lanes and many of them managed to get a strike and put the youth workers scores to shame!!!!


Last week during the half term holiday Rathbone went on a trip to Catford Broadway Theatre to see The Wizard of Oz, Pantomime style version created by Blue Star productions. We met at Rathbone Office is West Norwood and made our way to Catford. It was a bitterly cold day but the group were in good spirits and looking forward to a trip to the theatre. We managed to get a quick bite to eat and made our way to our seats. The theatre was full of other schools and youth groups cheering and singing along to the music. Rathbone got involved with the singing at the start and also got involved with the hissing and booing of the wicked witch of the west. The Lion, Tin Man, Dorothy and Scarecrow made their way to the Wizard of Oz with some great choreography and use of lighting. The production really inspired the group and many of them want to return back to the theatre in the next half term.