The Youth Bonds Project (YBP) is a referral project for children and young people aged 8-12 from Hanworth, Bedfont and Feltham. It operates at The Belvedere House Community Resource Centre from Mondays to Fridays throughout the year from 4.30pm to 6.30pm and also supports young people at school, at home, and in the community.
The YBP exists for young people who have been referred to HAY by a variety of professionals because they are experiencing big challenges in their lives.
If you’ve been referred to the YBP, you will be warmly welcomed by the staff who run the project.
Here you will get to enjoy an array of new activities and experiences while you learn the skills you need to make positive changes in your life and cope with any difficulties you may be facing.
“The YBP helps me cope when I get angry. I can talk to someone and they will help me get through what is bothering me. I have made lots of friends”
We’ll make sure you get one to one support from a member of staff as well as the chance to meet other people your age and take part in fun activities as a group.
Every session at the YBP starts with “circle time” where everyone talks through their day and gets advice and support from one another. Then you could learn music or how to cook and eat healthily in our high specification kitchen. Whatever you want to do, we’ll listen to your hopes and wishes and try to offer the things you enjoy while you’re here.
“ I feel happy when I come to Youth Bonds because we do fun activities and I can talk to the staff if I’m having a bad day. I like the reward board because we get treats if we have had a good day and have lots of stars on the board”
We’ll even collect you in our minibus and drop you home afterwards so that you don’t have to worry about getting to and from the YBP.
And we’ll respect you and teach you how to manage your feelings so that you can behave well and achieve great things. In fact, when you do well, you may get the chance to go on residentials and exciting trips.
If you are a parent or carer of a young person who has been referred to the YBP, rest assured we will do whatever we can to help your child overcome the difficulties in their lives. And we are here for the whole family too. We always involve parents, are here to talk about any concerns you may have, and can support the whole family to work better together so that everyone feels happy, safe and settled at home.
“ I found it hard to make good choices, coming to YBP has helped me stop getting into trouble”
All sessions are run from the Belvedere House Community Resource Centre and young people are given specific days to attend.
“I can’t thank the Youth Bonds team enough for their support. My daughters who both have ASD and ADHD have been attending the YBP for a while and it has helped them so much. It has helped them with their social skills, making friends and built on their confidence. Last September, my youngest daughter started secondary school and the staff at Youth Bonds really supported her through this transition. My daughters really enjoy the sessions and look forward to the wonderful activities they provide.”
From first walking through the doors to your graduation from the project, you’ll be supported by wonderful staff who’ll be there to help you every step of the way.
“Coming to Youth Bonds has helped me so much. I have been coming here for 2 years and have learnt how to manage my anger. This has helped me at home and at school. I get less warnings at school now and I don’t get into as many fights with other children. The staff at Youth Bonds always listen to me and are really kind. We go on lots of trips and also had an Easter Egg hunt this year where I got lots of chocolate. I really like coming here and feel it has helped me so much.”
The Project has been running for more than 10 years and has firm foundations in the community. Running from the Belvedere House Community Resource Centre Monday to Fridays, this popular project has a great reputation, with many success stories.
When you come along, you’ll find welcoming staff who are energetic, enthusiastic, caring and fun to be around. They will respect you, and expect you to respect them in return.
If you feel a child you know would benefit from the YBP, please contact Bhavini Kotecha or Bijal Karavadra on the details below:
Project Development Manager