The youth club runs from a modern, purpose-built youth space, The Yard, one side of the Green Hill multi-use community building (see below for the organisations we share the space with). It is a fantastic facility with kitchen, computing suite, table and console games and next door to our community green space, The Sentry.
It offers a safe, adult-led space in which young people can socialise with each other, in a structured but non-academic environment, and share and practice skills, including sporting, employment-related and life skills such as cooking, working with cash, group working and taking responsibility for a role within a team, etc. It is open to all young people including those with learning difficulties or disabilities.
The club is run by registered charity Moretonhampstead Association for Youth (MAY) which was established in January 1998. The MAY management committee includes young people, Trustees, the Senior Youth Worker Chrissy, and a representative from Moretonhampstead Parish Council.
Since the Devon County Council funding cuts of October 2014, MAY has been entirely responsible for the club.
The club employs three part time youth support workers and is supported by one regular volunteer and six Trustees, three of whom also volunteer. It is important that all adults who work regularly with young people must receive training and support, and MAY offers training to all staff and volunteers including Safeguarding Level 2, certified first aid training and food safety training. In January 2017 we begin a bespoke youth support worker training course supported by Devon Youth Service to continue the professional development of our staff and volunteers.
The Yard offers age-appropriate health, safety and sexual health information to young people and in November 2015 became a registered C-card site.
The youth club works in partnership with the library and runs a mini library of books for young people from the club (available to borrow to all youth club members).
Green Hill is also home to the Green Hill Arts Gallery, the Moretonhampstead Development Trust and Parish Council office, Green Hill Heritage Centre and the studios of many local artists and businesses.