Raising Funds


  • Seek opportunities for commissioned one to one work, or specific contractual work.
  • We continuously submit funding applications to 100’s of grant funders every year in order to bring in the money to pay for the work we do here.
  • Provide value for money and keep stakeholders updated.
  • Store and use information appropriately in accordance with GDPR updating our Groop recording system.
  • We are delighted to be the Mayor of Christchurch’s chosen charity this year.

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For The Wider Community


  • Offer advice and support where we can and signpost to other networks of support or agencies which may be able to offer further support.
  • Run community events that reduce isolation and loneliness and allows marginalsied groups of people to come together to share a common cause.
  • Develop services which may be relevant to supporting the community such as The People’s Pantry the Community Gym and volunteering opportunities.
  • Encourage other professionals to keep in touch with us as a way of keeping in touch with the local community.
  • Provide and rent suitable rooms when appropriate.
  • Looking for opportunities to expand our service in meeting the needs of the community such as the new annexe building we are currently putting up in our car park.

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For Young People


  • Enable young people’s emotional wellbeing and resilience by offering different recreational services and activities including youth clubs and school holiday activity programmes. We will also offer opportunities for personal skill development by running schemes such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award and the Youth Achievement Award. We will be able to support young people with their physical, emotional, and mental health by engaging them in activities at the centre and by offering one to one mentoring support where we can run bespoke support sessions for them.
  • We will work in partnership with a variety of youth, community, and health agencies both from the statutory sector and voluntary sector which operate both locally and nationally.
  • We are focussed on the fact that our two biggest partners are 1 our young people and 2 the local community and their needs and wants are our priority.
  • We will provide emotional, relationship and sexual health support, training, keeping safe and when needed seek additional help for those at significant risk of harm.
  • Encourage young people to be part of our service delivery here by volunteering and helping out here at the centre.

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Our Objectives And Aims

Our objectives and aims are:

  • To provide a service that addresses and meets community needs young people, their families, and the wider community from the local and surrounding area.
  • To educate young people on issues of life, personal, social, emotional, and mental development by providing activities that are fun, informative and inspiring.
  • To provide a space where young people can come to which is a safe location that promotes their safety, wellbeing, and participation in their local community.
  • To develop the use of the centre such that it is used to its maximum potential.
  • We are affiliated to UK Youth, the National Youth Agency and Dorset Youth Association adhering to practice standards and guidance laid out by them. Our Safeguarding practice is informed by following guidance set out by the Pan-Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership Training Team and by the NSPCC.
  • As a registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation, we have to maintain our charity status by adhering to practices and procedures laid out by the Charities Commission and which are reviewed at Trustees meetings.
  • We aim to be flexible in our approach and review risk assessments, policies, and action plans on a regular basis.
  • With COVID now part of all our lives we are constantly monitoring guidance and updates and adjusting working practices accordingly which may include reduction of numbers participating in activities, social distancing, face mask wearing, more detached and on-line work.
  • We will publicise our sessions on Facebook (SYCC), Instagram (SYCC16), and our website.

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Meet The Team


  • Recruitment will remain a thorough process with all relevant checks
  • We will enable training and support

Thank you to staff, volunteers, and donors as without you we would not be running.

Jae Harris

Jae Harris - Manager. Jae started working in Somerford in 2003. He first started in Youth Work at the age of 18 when he volunteered on different projects for deprived and disadvantaged children and young people. He set up CAYP in 2006 and has worked in the community ever since. He is a qualified LevelRead More

Tina Pinwill

Tina Pinwill - Senior project worker. Tina started to volunteer for CAYP in 2010 after both her sons had been part of the activities we provide. She is now a paid member of our staff team.

Ivana Donniselli

Ivana Donniselli – Administration Officer. Ivana joined us in 2019 having held several office administrative posts previously.

Carol Grimes

Carol Grimes – Volunteer. Carol joined us in 2019 and volunteers in the Pantry. She is a local resident in the Somerford area.

Chris Yeates

Chris Yeates – Volunteer. Chris has worked on the estate for a number of years in her former role of administrative officer at the Somerford Children’s Centre. When Chris retired from the Local Authority in 2018, she joined us to offer her skills as a volunteer. Chris now assists with some of the administration tasksRead More

Lewis Rickman

Lewis Rickman – Assistant project worker. Like Bryce, Lewis is a former youth club member. He now works for us as a casual staff member. He is currently completing his college education and hopes to take up a career in the sports industry. As a qualified level 2 Personal Trainer, Lewis conducts all our gymRead More

Richard Gale

Richard Gale – Trustee Chairperson. Richard joined us in 2020. He is the majority shareholder of Poole Town FC and is their Kids and Community officer  having formerly been the vice chairman. Richard is also trustee chairperson of the Gale Foundation Trust.

Wilbert Smith

Wilbert Smith – Trustee Secretary. Wilbert became a Trustee in 2016. He is the Community Development Officer for the local council.

James Pritchard

James Pritchard – Trustee Treasurer. James joined us in 2020. He owns a business designing and creating environmentally friendly living walls and roofs which he has successfully run for the past 16 years.

Young People

Young people

If you are a young person and you are finding life difficult at the moment, again, get in touch with us and we can try and get you help or help you ourselves if it is within our skillset to do so.

You can contact us in confidence.

Parents / Carers

If you are a parent / carer and you have a young person who is experiencing challenging circumstances and have been unable to get help for them.

Please contact us to see if we may be able to help.

Professionals / Agencies

If you are a professional or an external agency and want to enquire about our costs for emotional or mental health support for young [people or wish to make a referral then please click this link to contact us.

What We Do

At the centre we run a youth clubs and youth activities. We have a gym which our older youth club members can use but is also open to the community to use.

We run a community food project called The People’s Pantry and is a low-cost service for families who are experiencing food poverty.

We also run other services for young people such as mentoring and mental health support and we have rooms at the centre that are available for lettings.

We are a small independent non-government funded organisation. The majority of our funding comes through applications that are successful that we submit to funding organisations. This process of funding is a constant one as every aspect of our work need funding from somewhere.

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We are registered with the Charities Commission and our charity registration number is 1167135