Enrich is our community youth work run by Clive Bennett and Jo Tucker.
Currently we are not running our youth club but doing detached work in the village.
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A Brief History of Enrich
In 2009, All Saints Weston committed to employing a Community Youth Worker for a minimum of 4 years following a time of doing detached work on the streets of Weston and getting to know local young people better. Some of the finances for this post came from pledges from the congregation and the rest came via grant applications.
The post was created in response to many young people being on the streets of Weston and having very little to do. The Youth Service were offering a limited service and we were working with them in order to support their work and engage more with the young people.
We had already opened a weekly drop-in called ‘The Den’ which a core group of young people were coming to.
In 2010, the appointment of Clive Bennett as the full time Community Youth Worker coincided with the Youth Service pulling out of Weston all together as a result of Government spending cuts. This meant that All Saints Weston went from a place of potentially working in partnership with the Youth Service in the delivery of youth work in the area to becoming the sole provider of youth work in the area with the exception of the uniformed organisations.
In 2011, Seb Norman did a gap year with Enrich and then stayed a further 3 years to do a Youth & Community Work degree. He then did a further year before moving to New Zealand.
In 2013, Jo Tucker – a qualified Youth & Community Worker - was taken on in a part time capacity and we have been able to secure continued funding for her currently until 2019.
In 2013 and 2015, we ran trips to Malawi where we took young people from our community out to one of the poorest countries in the world to visit and get involved with projects including a street kids project.
In 2016, Wes Poirot took on the role as Youth Worker at All Saints Weston and his role involves working closely with Enrich.
The work has evolved over the last couple of years and we are now running various groups for young people as well as working with the wider community of Weston.
The work has been funded by several organisations and trusts.