Carlisle Diocese Youth Centre, Keswick

Aims and Objectives

Background

The Youth Centre was established in 1952 for young people in the Carlisle Diocese and beyond.  It is set apart as a place for young people's leisure time activities.  Its aim is the physical, mental and spiritual development of young people, that they grow to full maturity as individuals and members of society and that their conditions of life may be improved. (Trust Deed dated 18th December 1963)

The centre is managed by a committee made up of representatives from Parish, Diocese, County Council and Users

It is staffed by the Warden who is also the parish priest of the neighbouring St. John's-in-the-Vale Church, a part time caretaker and a cleaner.

The Carlisle Diocesan Youth Centre is a registered charity, and is open to all organisations working with young people on a not for profit basis.

Aims

The Management Committee and Warden aim to:

  • Provide opportunities for the development of young people so that they can achieve their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potentials
  • Provide accommodation of high quality which can be used as a resource and base for a variety of activities
  • Provide advice, assistance and help in the arrangement and delivery of residential activities
  • Be well managed and conduct regular reviews in order to improve and develop the centre and demonstrate value for money
  • Welcome all young people regardless of their background, circumstances, or beliefs

Objectives

The Centre is in an unique location situated away from centres of population and main roads.  Alongside the grounds immediately surrounding the centre in which a variety of activities can take place, it provides access to open fells where more challenging activities can be organised Its central location in the Lake District National Park ensure that there are opportunities for a wide variety of activities including for example: water sports, mountain biking or rock climbing, or many educational activities focusing on issues such as: environmental studies, land management, development of communities; and further afield in the west coast of Cumbria a chance to explore urban issues and industrial heritage.

Through the opportunities that are provided for young people participating in residential activities we want to:

  • To help build up relationships and foster the elements of living together in community through the residential experience, learning to work together, support each other, to develop social skills and develop a greater consideration for others. .
  • To foster an understanding of themselves, others around - in the communities which the groups come from and will return to - and the world around us.
  • To provide opportunities for the development of skills through challenging activities leading to fulfilment and self-confidence
  • To provide opportunities for social interaction e.g. sharing of experiences, development of relationships and trust. 
  • To learn to work together as a team, supporting and encouraging one another
  • To nurture an awareness of creation and their part in it.
  • To provide opportunities for exploration and reflection on such issues as rural deprivation, environmental studies, urban studies and the building of communities
  • To nurture an awareness of the spiritual nature of human beings
  • To explore issues of personal spirituality and provide an opportunity through reflection, meditation, worship or study to respond where appropriate
  • To have fun!

Priorities

Our keywords are Quality, Safety and Flexibility. In implementing the aims and objectives, the Centre assesses its work alongside these criteria.  Our priorities are:

  • To enable as many young people as possible to use the centre, and implementing appropriate ways of utilizing spare capacity
  • To promote the centre amongst groups and organisations in Cumbria, with particular focus on the areas of rural or urban deprivation and those areas severely affected by the Foot and Mouth Crisis
  • To make the centre accessible to all young people including those with physical disabilities
  • To strengthen existing links and establish new contact with organisations working with young people in Cumbria and further afield, working alongside them in exploring appropriate strategies for developing residential activities for young people
  • To ensure regular maintenance, safety and improvement of the facilities