The Youth Matters column with chair of trustees at Young People Count Claire Reading: Help young people by volunteering

The excitement is building – our leaflets are being circulated far and wide and banners have gone up in different parts of the town.

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 12:10 pm
The Young People Counts office on Railway Street.

The excitement is building – our leaflets are being circulated far and wide and banners have gone up in different parts of the town.

We are just weeks away from unveiling the first space for young people in Pocklington since 2013, thanks to a lot of support from local residents and various funders.

There is something missing, though – and that could be you.

YPC (Young People Count) need volunteers to join us and make this an even better go-to place for 11 to 18-year-olds.

Where am I talking about? All signs lead to 17 Railway Street, with two floors of space waiting for people to come, chill, chat and create.

This place is right in the town centre and it will be open after school and into the evening. Among the activities on a growing list are cookery, art, a VR room, gaming, DJing, film nights, coming for a chat and drink in our café bar or visiting for some support and advice.

The plan is to open as soon as we can, in line with Government guidelines.

It is exciting choosing the furniture, the fast fibre broadband has been connected and we are talking to lots of people about the project. We also have a printer so can whizz off any work needed for studies.

The bare walls need colour so we are working on an art project for students to make their mark on the hall, landing and stairs.

Volunteers will be vital to our success story. YPC was started by people in their spare time and we appreciate the value of volunteering.

A recent recruitment drive, supported by the Pocklington Post, has brought some terrific new blood to our management team, to become trustees or advisors, and we were heartened by the response from people in and around Pocklington.

However, that kind of role is not for everyone.

Would you like to come and supervise a session and help staff the building for the opening hours that we need?

You may be an expert in some art activity, gaming, cookery, or have another invaluable skill to pass on.

We want to provide a regular programme of different activities to give the broadest appeal to our target age group. Naturally, YPC will be operating under Government safety guidelines and so numbers may be restricted initially.

Full training will be offered to be a volunteer and work with young people, as we liaise very closely with the HEY Smile Foundation and East Riding Voluntary Action Services.

Amongst other exciting developments, we are drawing up plans for a photography competition as YPC would like to display great local images.

We are all about celebrating Pocklington and want our young people to share that passion. What makes you proud of this area and how would you sum it up in a photograph? Look out for details very soon.

There is so much to say and do and we thank people who have been sending us supportive messages as we prepare to open.

Remember, YPC is a small team and you could be part of its growth. If you can only give a precious hour a week of your time, please make contact as a little will mean a lot to us.

If the idea appeals, then please find out more about us online at, contact our project manager Tony Barker at [email protected], or follow us on social media: Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.