Keep up to date with the latest happenings at JusB
The new Tranquil Room was funded by HSBC who donated £3,285 to help transform one of our rooms. The young people of all ages now have a neutral environment to escape from everyday demands. The young people will be able to use this room to write music, do their homework and have one to one discussions with the youth workers or groups sessions.
The young people were asked what they would like to see in JusB, the majority asked for a stress-free room. We wanted to bring this space to life and create a calm environment and an area which young people can develop their personal skills and take time to reflect. We hope to offer a harmonious space; the tranquil room has provided a degree of health benefits which can only be a positive on the young people using the room.
We would like to thank HSBC for their funding to make this all possible.
15th Anniversary Celebration
A selection of photographs from our 15th anniversary celebration on 18th September 2018 at St. Mary's Church, Bromley.
A number of JusB's young people gave heart-warming performances and testimonials, along with an inspirational speech from Kelly Allen, former member JusB 15 years ago, together with a reflective talk from David Lemmon, founder Trustee and a response from Mike Deves, current Chair of Trustees.
A wonderful cake was enjoyed by those present and an opportunity to chat with others over tea and coffee and biscuits at the end.
We had a busy 4 weeks programme of activities planned for the month of August in the summer 2018 and this included an action packed day at the Scouts Adventure centre at Downe, Ice Skating, Quasar and indoor Rock Climbing.
We also started to decorate our new 'Tranquil Room' at JusB....,but more about that later!
Shave for charity
Kane bravely had his hair shaved off for Charity and raised £1,251.70 to date at the Freelands Tavern, Bromley on 12 May 2018.
Wine tasting evenings
Thank you to Marks and Spencer for hosting another wine event on Thursday 24th May. The raffle raised a grand total of £355 . JusB would like to thank you all for your continued support.
Thanks to Marks and Spencer Bromley, for hosting 2 wine tasting events on 1st February and 8th February 2018. M&S kindly held a raffle on our behalf and raised £723 was raised during both events. JusB would like to say thank you to Julia and Debbie for hosting the evening and many thanks to Marks and Spencer's customers for their generosity.
Speak Out Jack Petchey March 2018
Danielle reported it was an honour to represent Jus B and also to witness such passionate young people eloquently express their points of view. I had the challenge of judging them which is no easy task but we were all able to give encouraging feedback. I am glad that some of our young people who came also felt inspired by seeing their peers efforts.
The end of term was marked with a Christmas party with delicious pizza and fun and games.
A good time was enjoyed by all!
A group of young people, youth staff and volunteers went out for a meal at Nandos just before Christmas as one of the young people had chosen to do this as part of their Jack Petchey award
Santa Toy Run
JusB was involved in helping the Bromley Children & Families Voluntary Sector Forum in organising a Santa Toy run to support families and groups in Bromley. Almost £3,000 worth of toys and games were delivered to Downham Youth Club on the 16th December by a mass of motorcyclists all dressed as Santa’s, ( who raised all the funds). The toys were then distributed to organisations who work with families and young people in Bromley.
JusB is proud to be part of this and would like to thank the Children and Families Forum for organising it.
These pictures give a flavour of the day.
Just under 50 people were entertained by antiques expert, Tim Anthonisz, in the newly refurbished Studio at the Churchill Theatre on Saturday 11 November. The audience were invited to bring along some antiques or collectable items. The items were displayed on two tables and then Tim took each of the items in turn and gave an interesting history of the item and also a valuation. During the evening there was some excitement when Tim's valuations surpassed the owners' expectations! At each Roadshow Tim selects his favourite item and presents the owner with a silver spoon. His chosen item for this event was a small snuff box in the shape of a Ladybird. There was a raffle and some fabulous prizes, kindly donated by Baker-Girl Beauty in Homesdale Road and Marks and Spencer Bromley. The evening was held in the Studio at the Churchill Theatre and created a very nice environment for such an event. JusB would like to thank all those who supported the evening by buying a ticket, giving a donation or a raffle prize and to Tim and Theresa for all their support in arranging the event and to the Churchill Theatre team for allowing us to use the Studio. The event raised £583 for JusB.
If anyone missed the event and has any items they would like valued, Tim can normally be found every Thursday at the Antiques Market at the United Reformed Church, Widmore Road, Bromley, between 6 am and 2 pm.
A successful Celebrate Bromley event took place on 5 August in the Great Hall, Bromley thanks to special project funding from The Big Lottery. There were a lot of activities on offer including bouncy castle, sumo wrestling and a photo booth. Some of our young people took to the stage to give very good vocal and spoken word performances that they had been busy rehearsing on the lead up to the event. Delicious food available from a local Greek food outlet, a tuck shop run by local volunteers and other information stalls.
Struggling youth centre’s trustee has bike stolen just before his sponsored ride .......
A trustee who is doing all he can to keep a youth centre afloat has had his bike stolen. Andrew Lancaster volunteers as a trustee for youth centre JusB. In April the centre launched an appeal for survival and Andrew played his part by signing up for the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 a gruelling 100 mile cycle ride. As part of his training Andrew has been cycling to work where he locked the bike up. However, thieves struck and Andrew was left without his bike to train with or complete the ride.
Andrew says: ‘I will complete the ride on a borrowed bike, but it is an added obstacle at a time when JusB is just trying to keep their doors open to young people.
Thanks to local groups, individuals and trusts helping the Bromley charity JusB has averted close down procedures and now has funding until February. Project Manager, Ned says: ‘We need to press on to make sure that Bromley north continues to have a safe place for young people to meet and, where necessary, get help. Andrew’s bike ride is one way in which we are raising money and it’s such a shame that this has happened to him.’
Andrew successfully completed the 100 mile ride and raised a £582.50 for JusB. JusB thank Andrew for all his efforts on the bike ride.
Bromley Little Theatre
Many thanks to all who supported the recent charity preview of 'Of Mice and Men' at Bromley Little Theatre. We very nearly had a full house to see this fantastic production of a classic brought to life so well on the stage. Thanks must also go to Bromley Little Theatre for giving us this opportunity to sell tickets for this show and for the prize draw memberships.
During the Easter holidays a group of young people and staff spent an afternoon at Marks and Spencer in Bromley assisting with back packing and raised £87.89. Thanks to all who supported this.
Open Day March 2017
We used our recent open day to remind supporters of the concerns there are over JusB's future, please read update on right hand side. The occasion was also used to showcase some of the work we do with young people and to hear first hand from young people about what JusB means to them. Jack Petchey awards were presented by the Mayor of Bromley, Cllr Ian Payne as well as some young volunteer awards. Some of our young people gave vocal performances and a small group of girls came up with a song during the proceedings to help save JusB. Beckenham Soroptomists organised some craft activities, including making 'origami bags' out of material and decorating greetings cards with stencils.
Half-term at JusB
During February half-term some of your young people re- decorated one of our rooms and they chose the new colour scheme.This was a great opportunity for young people to give back to their community, plan and feel that they were doing something positive to improve their surroundings. There was also time for some fun and leisure activity and a group went to Quaser Laser for the afternoon.
Work experience at international law firm
Two young people were given the opportunity to participate in a careers development week during February half-term at Holman Fenwick Willan at their London headquarters. The young people were given the opportunity to find out more about this law firm specialising in international commerce. We are most grateful to HFW for giving us this opportunity again this year.
(L to R) Nick, Hannah and David Robinson (partner)
Maria and Nazeem
Christmas Party 2016
This October half term saw the launch of a trail around Bromley to search for the Giraffes hidden around the town centre. We joined the launch event with the Mayor. Our giraffe, Terra, could be found in Marks and Spencer, Bromley and people could text donate or give via our tins which are held in store. (You can do this by texting JUSB16 £1 to 70070, to give £1 or choose another amount!) The rest of the monies are being collected by Bromley Rotary and passed to us. Thank you to Bromley Rotary for organising a fun safari!
We are grateful to E.ON Energency Action Fund for giving us a £2,000 donation to enable us to get a new A-rated combination boiler. This will not only give us the benefit of reliable heat and to start saving money on our energy bills now.
Our end of term Christmas Party to celebrate the past term, had a winter theme with a blue and white colour scheme. The young people came up with the theme and made decorations. Some of the rooms were transformed with paper icicles and snowflakes made by the young people. During the evening there were performances from our young people, karoke and our resident DJ (our music tutor) provided music.
Into Orbit for JusB
Congratulations to the Marks and Spencer, Bromley team who abseiled the Orbit for us.
Thanks to Morrisons in Petts Wood
Who donated £1,750 for a new mixing desk for the Music Studio.
Thanks to Beckenham Soroptomists
Who have supported us during the year as their Charity of the year. £180 was raised from an Afternoon Tea Party, together with other fundraising events arranged for us.
Thanks to Orpington Baptist Church
Who organised an OBC's Got Talent event and raised £1.052 for JusB.
Growing Business Support
City Law firm, Holman Fenwick Willan have been supporting us over the last 2 year period. As well as an annual donation the firm will be holding workshops and other Career Days in their offices for the young people. They will also be assisting in other areas such as IT and Human Resources. JusB are looking forward to working with HFW over the next few years. This is an exciting opportunity to grow our work. During February half-term two young people from JusB were selected to attend a careers development week at HFW, which gave them an insight into the day-to-day workings of a blue chip law firm.
Summer Showcase 2016
Our young people organised and performed a concert at a local venue. Twelve performed to over 70 of their peers and each act was judged X factor style by local people in the industry.
Open Door event
At our Open Door in December 2015 two of our young people sang and others were interviewed as to what they enjoy about JusB and why they come. At this event we heard from some of our young people. One of the young people we interviewed was asked what she enjoyed about JusB and she talked about a visit to a large London law firm, Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW). HFW have been kind enough to support us financially and in a number of other ways, including this second visit to their firm which we did over the October half term. The day involved a number of elements. Members of staff talked about their different job roles from those working in maintenance, front of house, catering, in the post room to the role of Senior Partner. It was an opportunity to talk about the range of jobs involved and career paths into them. Others spoke on work/life balance and there was also a link to an office in France to show young people how today’s world is smaller. With CV workshops and careers talks providing information on universities, the day was a packed one.
Dance & Music Explosion
Musically, 2015 has been a great year for JusB. The number of young people attending our music sessions have increased. Young people have found jobs in music related fields, while others have released tracks on various music platforms.
To celebrate and showcase the talent at JusB we had a music and dance event on Wednesday, 02nd December 2015 at St Peter and St Paul Hall- Church Rd, Bromley. The aim of the event was to showcase the talents and raise personal profiles of our young people. We felt the need to support young our people by encouraging them to step up, be bold and pursue their dreams while being positive role models.
The event was a huge success with over 70 people in attendance. The atmosphere was electric and the artists did not disappoint in taking it to a whole new level. Established artists such as Kai Jones, Ace Motif and Lil Trubz took time out of their busy schedule to support us once again. Other performers on the night were, Aurora, Saeva, Camzino, El Linko, Laye selah, Happy Joe, Ben, Mills and Connor James.
The event wasn’t just about singing or rapping. Dancers, Catherine & Nathaniel put on a show stopping performance which had everyone on their feet. Our Compere, Damien Cooke, did an excellent job in keeping us entertained and bursting with laughter. Everyone enjoyed themselves and the general feedback was ‘When is the next one?’
We had lots of food on sale and everyone had a great time. It wouldn’t have been such a huge success without the help and support of all the young people involved, volunteers, supporters and staff here at JusB and, of course, the help and support from our friends at St Peter's and St Paul's Hall- Bromley. Thank you for being a supporter of JusB. Until then, next year will be bigger and better!!