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The Youth Centre will unfortunately remain closed due to Covid and staffing issues until further notice.


Ned McWhirter
Project Manager
29 November 2021

We are very pleased to announce we have a new projects timetable, which will now operate Monday to Friday during term time.  Times may have changed, please see timetable.

 

We also have a brand new music project starting on a Wednesday 5 pm - 7 pm. - for those  interested in learning to play an instrument (guitar, keyboard) and vocals.

 

Introduction

 

JusB is a community-based youth centre that works with young people during their journey to independence, helping them to make the most of their potential. Over our 18 years we have worked with thousands of young people. We are a thriving club in the heart of the Bromley area, which is fast becoming a vibrant and diverse community. Our mission ‘Inspire and enable young people to develop, be confident and value themselves' is even more relevant in today’s environment, as many young people and families struggle to cope in difficult times.

 

Through the year we strive to offer young people a variety of activities which will enable them to be better equipped for life's journey


We are appreciative of everyone who supports us in so many ways ... those who offer hours of volunteering and those who support us financially ... we could not continue without them and for this we are extremely grateful.

 

 

On behalf of the young people that we work with ...

THANK YOU.


Ned McWhirter
Project Manager

 

Mission:

Inspire and enable young people to develop, be confident and value themselves

 

Outcomes:

1.  Young people develop their independence and self- esteem.

 

2.  Young people discover and develop new skills and talents.

 

3. Young people  develop their social skills and sense of belonging.

 

4. Young people in challenging circumstances to improve their life chances.

5. Young people to avoid involvement in anti-social behaviour and crime both as victims and perpetrators.

 

Our Mission:

 

Prayer points for December

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Please let us know if you would like to receive our monthly prayer points via email  anne@jusb.co.uk

Inspire and enable young people to develop, be confident and value themselves

JusB is a charity.

It costs us £136,000

per year in running costs.

Help us out, please!

JusB relies on our volunteers. Find out about the many ways in which you can help.

JusB runs many projects throughout the year, all aiming to help young people in Bromley to develop into confident, happy adults.

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Making a buzz with Wax Chandlers and Beeline for the Lord Mayor's Show

On Saturday the 13th November JusB was privileged to be invited to be part of the Lord Mayor’s Show. We were invited to join the parade by the Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers.  The float was designed by Make a bee line and was to show the importance of bees in our society.   For weeks previous to the day young people at JusB helped make candles and bees that were to be displayed on the float and accompanying bee hives which sat on electric cargo bikes. The float was also pulled by an electric bike.  Two of our young people dressed up as bees ( made by Tina our Youth worker)  attended the parade.

Our Project Manager, Ned, was wearing a beekeeper's costume for the occasion.  This was a great opportunity and one which were very grateful to be part of.  

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Saying farewell to Eloise
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Please consider nominating JusB until 21st December, with just a few clicks of the mouse...we could get £1,000 !

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After 3 years of working with the young people at JusB as a Sessional Youthworker it was time for Eloise to move on to a new full-time job.   Tina, lead youth worker and the young people planned a special surprise leaving party for Eloise.  There were favourite foods, a cake, presents, music and lots of laughter, dancing and reminiscing.  A good time was had by all!

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Halloween happenings
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A joint effort of cooking spaghetti bolognese by Maurice, Youth Worker and a young person. Each week a young person is given the opportunity to take the lead on a cooking session  and some delicious meals get cooked and enjoyed together.

Summer activities July/August
Thanks to Cecil
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Revd Cecil Heatley has been serving as a trustee at JusB for nearly 10 years and we give thanks for all that he has done to support the board of trustees, staff and young people during this time. 

Cecil will be greatly missed!

Cecil has been involved with the pastoral care of staff and volunteers at JusB in his chaplain capacity prior to this and we are pleased that he will still remain in this role.

We are also delighted to welcome 3 new trustees onto the board,

David Hullah, Helen Oakes & Rebecca Hedges

Some of our young people who have received Jack Petchey awards for their achievements at JusB during 2021

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Well done to all!

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Congratulations to Eloise, Youth Worker, on receiving                      a Jack Petchey Leader's Award

SUPPORT THE CHILDREN

We had a very busy programme of activities throughout the summer months and you can read all about what we got up to in Tina's Summer Report further down the page...

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We had a fun packed day full of adventures at Go Ape at Bedgebury and celebrated a birthday and enjoyed  lots of cake!

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A few of our summer photos showing the fun we had! Read our Summer report here
             
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June half-term activities

This Half term, the young people at JusB had the task of redecorating our kitchen. Out with the old and in with the new, with a fresh coat of “duck egg” and white gloss on the doors it looks brilliant, so well done to all involved! We also decided on new flooring, a new cabinet and other finishing touches so we will keep you posted with the finishing results. The young people also didn’t miss out on the warm weather, spending our lunchtimes having picnics on Plaistow Green and water fights when the painting was done for the day! We finished the week with a delicious meal out on Friday at Bird and Bun in Bromley!

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Our activities in the Easter school holidays
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Grateful thanks goes to one of our supporters for donating two Kindles.

 

One of our young people is pleased to be able to use the Kindle to help with reading.

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Prepping vegetables for a tasty meal at JusB

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We had a socially distanced Easter Egg Hunt around the building!

Poetry in Motion

JusB and other community groups were invited to participate with an art project as part of the Bromley High Street regeneration scheme, to help produce a piece of artwork to be displayed in the town centre. This project includes the design and delivery of an external performance space, seating and artworks within the town centre.

On Tuesday 19th January we invited Beth Calverley from the Poetry Machine to our Zoom session to create a JusB poem entitled 'In our Happy Place'. The young people were asked to think about Bromley in the past and the positive experiences they remember, the facilities that are available now, and what they would like to see in the future.  The young people wrote down their memories and ideas and their feelings at that time, they were enthusiastic and engaged.

We were all amazed when after two minutes, putting everything together, Beth read the poem out loud. Everyone was inspired and thereafter shared poems that they had created. We would all like to thank Beth for a wonderful session.  

 

At present the designs are on display outside the Bromley Central Library.

One of our talented young people in year 8 has written this imaginative poem based on Emily Bronte's novel 'Wuthering Heights'

 Thanks to Rotary Beckenham for laptops
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JusB's Project Manager Ned McWhirter receiving laptops from Rotarian Peter Braithwaite from Rotary Beckenham. We will be issuing these laptops to our young people who do not have suitable devices at home to enable them to continue their school studies during lockdowns and beyond. Thanks also for 3 additional latptops received in April from Rotary Beckenham.

Many thanks also to Rotary Orpington Crofton for donating an Android Tablet.

We are most grateful to both Rotary Clubs for the generous donation of this equipment. 

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Thanks also to Bromley Lions Club for a donation of £200, which is very much appreciated. 

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This was youth worker Mo's choice of art, we had to add your unique possibility onto a bear and make sure it had to "Sass" to it.  

It was lots of fun, thanks Mo!

One of our youth workers chose this picture based on her favourite animated film, Tangled.  the young people put in a brilliant effort and ended up with some lovely drawings they should be proud of!  Can't wait to see them on the walls at JusB when we get back.

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This week one of our young people chose a picture for us all to copy from a popular game called “Among us” which the young people enjoy playing together at the youth club! She allowed us to add a personal twist to our pictures, so everyone came up with their own design.

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One of our young people chose an image for all of us to draw based on her favourite dog. One of our young people also got creative and made a sculpture using salt dough!

She also asked us to draw mini sketches/doodles of ourselves using inspiration from her style of doodling! It was lots of fun and great participation all round! 

 

Well done to everyone who got involved!

Become a Trustee for JusB

We are actively looking to recruit volunteers who can bring diversity, enthusiasm and different skill sets to the existing Board of Trustees.  We would particularly welcome applications from all ethnic minority groups, people of all genders and especially younger applicants.  If this sounds like something you would be interested in getting involved with, we would like to hear from you.  For further information and the type of candidate we are looking for, please click the button below...

For a Trustee Information Pack, please contact

Ned McWhirter, Project Manager at ned@jusb.co.uk

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We had a challenge to draw Pikachu which was decided by one of the young people again!  There was a runner up and a winner, but just look at them its so hard to pick!  Well done everyone who took part! Fantastic effort.

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This week’s art competition was led by Shanelle and we created our versions of Mr Bean and his teddy bear.

The clue was attend the Zoom session with your teddy bear !!  Those who attended came with their teddy bear and listened to music whilst drawing.

The pictures were so good it was difficult to choose a winner.  Jake won this week, what do you think ?

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At an art session in January one of our young people provided us with a cartoon photo for everyone to copy using their own art materials.  This week's winner was chosen by the young people and it was our Lead Youthworker Tina.  Well done Tina and well done everyone who took part!  Which design do you like?

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At one of our recent creative art sessions on Zoom we learnt about descriptive art and portrait art. We had a lot of fun drawing Tina, who was the model for this on Zoom.  Well done to everyone for all the creative skills!

 

Advent Trail Windows
Our Advent trail window was revealed on 8th December, as part of an exciting community event in College Road during December.  Did you see this?  If not, here are a few pictures and a video ...
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The windows have been inspired, designed and created by young people and youth workers at JusB. 

Hope you enjoy them!

Watch our Advent  window video

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Celebrating end of term December 2020
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JusB held a competition for young people to be creative and design an activities poster - here is the winning design above left and the runner up above right.    Well done!

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October half-term project
The Half- Term Youth scheme ran from Wednesday – Friday 28th -30th October.

The young people used their creative skills and worked together to make decorations for the forthcoming Halloween event with bats, spiders and balloons, fairy lights and torches.

Discussed costumes and makeup and shared ideas.

On the day they prepared the pumpkins, created poetry and scary stories which was read out accompanied by mysterious mood music. We danced and sang to Thriller and listened to theme music which set the scene.

 

We also played games such as Wink Murder it was a good turnout which was thoroughly enjoyed. There was a well thought out workforce to produce the labour chains which hung over us like a labyrinth.  See the results below...

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Some of our young people who have received Jack Petchey awards for their achievements at JusB during 2020

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Well done to all!

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Turn up the sound and enjoy listening to the JusB anthem music track composed, performed and recorded by young people at our summer programme ...

Jack Petchey Annual Anthem Competition: The young people were encouraged to think of uplifting words that might be used and how in these changing times, to imagine positive outcomes for their futures, we then created sentences.  One of the young people came up with simple cords on her piano which we have used as a basis for the music. So we practiced in the park accompanied with keyboards

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Summer time activities

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What a summer
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Zoom meetings can be a bit daunting looking at yourself in the camera, so to make it a bit more fun we all dressed up or wore masks at some JusB virtual club meetings!

Tina our new Lead Youth Engagement Worker has been working at JusB since January this year.
 
 Tina can be contacted by email: tina@jusb.co.uk in the first instance for youth work enquiries.
 
For all other enquiries please contact Ned, Project Manager on ned@jusb.co.uk
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Please save used STAMPS & COLLECTABLES!  

We can turn used postage stamps and other items into funds. Special thanks to those who have been saving stamps and donated other items to us. If you are a church or other community based organisation and would like a collecting box, please get in touch and we can supply as soon as we are able.

We are not in a position to accept any stamp or orange box donations currently, but we will welcome them as soon as things return back to normal - thank you.

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£2,177.65 raised to date via Stamps and All and Recycle4charity
Summer programme
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Getting creative in Homework Club...
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Profiterole making

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Our Thursday evening

Kid's Fun Club

is now called

 

STEPPING UP

at Brook Lane 

For school years 6 - 7

term time only

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Help to reduce land fill and recycle items that JusB can use to turn into funds
We are still collecting used postage stamps and small ink cartridges to help raise funds for JusB.  Please save the stamps from all your envelopes. 
We have just received a cheque for £26 for recycling small ink cartridges and in 2019 have so far raised £71, giving a grand total of £274.55.
We are no longer able to accept the large office type toner cartridges any more, only the home computer ink cartridges.