Honley Youth Club
Honley Community Centre, Stony Lane, Honley, HD9 6DY
A place to hang out
If you’re a young person in Honley, there are more exciting things to do on a Friday evening than hanging around on street corners, thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers.
Honley Youth Club started in 2018 to give high-school aged children a place to go and things to do.
And it’s been a great success.
Open to all
The Youth Club meets every Friday evening from 6.30 – 9pm at Honley Community Centre on Stony Lane. Stephen Knight, who runs Honley Community Centre, donates the room to the Club for the evening. He also helps Janette Davidson (a teacher in her day job), her husband Mark, who cooks the pizzas, and the other amazing volunteers to run the sessions.
Young people can join the Youth Club during their final half-term of Year 6, when they’ve turned, or are about to turn 11 years old.
“Starting high school is often the time when young people are given more freedom. They might walk to school or catch the bus alone for the first time. Joining our Youth Club can help with that transition and help them to adjust to being more independent,” explained Janette.
Young people can join by simply turning up on a Friday evening at 6.30pm. The first session is free, then it’s just 50p on the door to enjoy the activities, refreshments and trips on offer.
Lots to do
There are always lots of activities on offer at the Community Centre, with crafts, pool and table tennis, and, of course, pizza and drinks to keep them going. It’s also a space where young people can just hang out, listen to music and chat with friends.
The volunteers arrange special activities too, some of which are hosted by guest visitors. You Bring the Band, a mobile jam session with electric guitars, drum kits and mixing decks, is always popular. Meanwhile, the rodeo bucking bronco went down so well that even the parents wanted to join in!
Occasionally, the Youth Club gets out and about on trips. Whether it’s campfires in the woods, or a ghost walk around Honley, it’s all included in the 50p weekly subs.
Self-respecting young people
In return for providing a fun place to hang out, Honley Youth Club has certain expectations of the young people who attend. They expect them to take responsibility for their actions, respect the community centre and its neighbours and to show respect for the wider Honley community.
Perhaps more importantly, the aim is to give the young people self-respect and the confidence to be themselves.