The Gathering Restart

A letter from the Ignite Team

Over the Summer Holidays we have managed run a number of Summer Activities successfully and safely, both at The Gathering and outdoors. The young people have been excellent in behaving safely and will hopefully return to school with additional confidence.

Whilst it will not be possible with the current restrictions to run the Youth Café in the same way that we did in 2019, we can open The Gathering in a safe way for both young people and volunteers. After consulting the young people about what they would like to see happen, they have come up with the following activities:

Monday night (For School Years 9+)

15.45-17.00 Cookery Club Zone, Chill Zone, Art Zone and ASDAN / GCSE Support Zone

17.00-18.30 Small Group looking at the Big Questions of Life. (Subjects picked by young people)

Tuesday night (For School Years 6-8)

15.45- 17.00 Cookery Club Zone, Art Zone, ASDAN / Homework Club Zone

17.00-18.30 Small Group looking at the Big Questions of Life. (Subjects picked by young people)

Wednesday night (For School Years 6+)

15.45-17.00 Music Lessons for Guitar

17.00-18.30 Music Club

15.45-17.00 ASDAN

Over the Summer Holidays we have become a registered centre for ASDAN, a national recognised awarding organisation. ASDAN provides programmes that develop and recognise a range of skills that will be invaluable when you start work and begin living independent lives. The skills that will be developed will be Teamwork, Independent Learning, Coping with Problems, and using Maths, English and IT.

We will be running two programmes:

  1. Key Steps which is a comprehensive programme of activities for young people in school years 6-9. The activities encourage learners to develop their personal skills.

  2. Bronze, Silver and Gold Personal Development Programmes for young people in school years 9+ which offer imaginative ways of developing and recording the personal skills, qualities and achievements for young people.

Within both groups individuals will be able to earn Credits which can be used for Activities and Trips organised by Ignite Penrith.

In addition to the ASDAN program on offer, the young people will have the opportunity to participate in a range of different activities which will be run in their own dedicated zone. Each zone will have free Hot Chocolate and Toast provided, along with any materials which might be required for that activity.

On a Wednesday evening we are running free music Lessons and a music group, both which will be led by a qualified music teacher.

Those attending the Small Groups on a Monday and Tuesday, along with those attending the music club, will get a free basic evening meal. There will also be basic tuck on offer which will include drinks and sweets. This won't be free of charge though, and the young people will need to bring the exact money as we will not be able to offer change.

Over the Autumn term we will be organising a series of outdoor activities. We are also hopeful of being able to organise a day trip away.

Due to Covid-19 regulations, there will be a limited number of young people allowed within each zone, and a maximum of 15 young people allowed in the building at one time. To confirm a place, the young people can book a place in advance by text on 07771393015 or they can take a chance on the evening that there will be space.

Regulations and guidelines are likely to change regularly over the Autumn and our Risk Assessment will be regularly updated and available on our website.

If you have any questions please contact Carl Mimmack on 07771393015

We are looking forward to seeing young people again using the spaces at The Gathering , catching up with friends and making new friends.

The Ignite Team