As per the latest National Youth Agency and Government guidance to Youth services, from the
17th May we will be working within the yellow readiness framework and step 3 on the roadmap.
The changes to our services for young people will reflect the current easing out of lockdown regulations. We are currently operating our Homework club and other activities from the centre Monday to Thursday with a limited number of spaces. See below for details and times.
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 16 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 ...
Inspire and enable young people to develop, be confident and value themselves
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.
Prayer points for June
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Inspire and enable young people to develop, be confident and value themselves
JusB is a charity.
It costs us £129,000
per year in running costs.
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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.
Reflections of 2020 by the Project Manager ...
As I started composing this, I looked to see what I had written at the start of 2020; no one could have predicted how different and tough 2020 was going to be, who even had heard of Zoom then!!
The year started very positively with the appointment of Tina, our new youth worker, and the first time we have had a full time worker since 2014. Then in the middle of March when we had the first lockdown all our lives changed and the way we delivered our services also had to change. From the very start we knew that some of our young people would struggle and it was vital we stayed in touch with them. Research of the different video media types was done and within a week of lockdown we began our weekly Zoom club sessions and these included quizzes, games, discussions and ‘dress up and down’ Fridays. These sessions proved vital to keeping in touch with young people giving them opportunities to talk about their anxieties and fears during those very stressful spring months.
The summer was very different to previous years. Normally we run 4 weeks of activities which are very active and trips to various places. We could obviously not do that in the summer but we also knew it was important again to be there for young people and families whose summer was also going to be very different. So each weekday during the whole of July and August we ran activities in local parks and open spaces. Working outdoors in the British summer can be challenging but we met in various local parks and woods within the Bromley borough which were selected to make it easier for the users to attend without or with minimum use of public transport. As the young people were not able to return to school and were feeling isolated at home and some showing signs of anxiety, the fresh air and the opportunity to meet up with friends was beneficial to their mental and physical health. The programme was delivered around the interests of the young people and the need to address the wellbeing and mindfulness aspects. A varied timetable was created to keep them active which included: Social interaction, debates, music, team games, sports, woodland walks, photography and poetry.
During the autumn and winter months we worked hard to ensure we could keep the building open whenever we could. This was important to us and our young people, it’s where they feel safe and comfortable sharing the key issues in their lives. Even when we went into lockdown 2.0 we still remained open to target those young people who needed our support. We were allowed to open in December which meant we had some festive activities, one of these being involved in the local Advent window display which was a great focus for us to prepare our window and an excuse to go for a walk each evening and see that day’s window.
This year has been a tough year for everyone, throughout we have realised that the wellbeing of these young people has been severely affected. Mental health is our biggest concern as they expressed the issues about being cooped up in struggling families, arguments with siblings and parents and being out of touch with friends. It is very evident that what they are going through now will have a big impact on their future wellbeing.
I want to thank all staff for their grit and determination to ensure that we were able to manage to run services through some very difficult times. We have all had to learn new skills (the first staff and trustee Zoom meetings were fun!) but we have worked hard as a team to keep our services going and for this I am extremely thankful.
I want to thank you for your ongoing support, we could not deliver our services without you. I say this every year, but this year it really has demonstrated how vital that support has been and on behalf of all at JusB I want to say a big thank you.
I would like to close with repeating something I said in the autumn; “I think it’s even more apt as we look to the year ahead. Clearly the world has not yet returned to normal and restrictions look as though they may be part of our lives for a while yet, but it is important that we try to be a constant for young people and that they know we are there for them, even if it is via Zoom or telephone. It’s essential that they have space: space to study, space to think, space to be alone with their thoughts and that all important space to be themselves and space to talk to youth workers who will listen when needed. We will try our utmost to ensure that our space is always there for them”.
Thanks to Cecil
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 2 new trustees onto the board,
David Hullah and Helen Oakes
June half-term activities
SUPPORT THE CHILDREN
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!
Our new Youth Work
We are so excited to be able to once again have our youth work sessions back in the JusB building, Monday to Thursday. Homework Club runs from 3.30 pm - 5.30 pm, followed by other exciting activities until 7 pm. Check out the details below.
Our activities in the Easter school holidays
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.
Learning the moves to
Prepping vegetables for a tasty meal at JusB
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
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.
art gallery SHowcase
Thanks also to Bromley Lions Club for a donation of £200, which is very much appreciated.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 ?
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?
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 ...
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
Celebrating end of term December 2020
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!
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...
Some of our young people who have received Jack Petchey awards for their achievements at JusB during 2020
Well done to all!
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
Summer time activities
What a summer
we had...read all
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!
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.