Boombox Youth Project runs Bike Fix sessions in North Somerset

Published on 20/03/2018

In May 2017 Boomsatsuma was awarded three years joint funding from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Big Lottery to launch a new youth project on the South Ward estates.

Following on from the success of the Grow Youth Own Youth Project the Youth Investment Funding has enabled Boomsatsuma to establish the Boombox Youth Project delivering youth work activities with young people aged 10-18years. A key element of the funding is a capital grant which has been used for the purchase of a youth mobile.

Elaine Harris, Project manager of the Boombox Youth Project has been instrumental in securing the funding and taking the project forward. As a qualified youth worker, Elaine has made sure to involve young people in as much of the decision making as possible. Right from the very start of the project young people participated in the recruitment of the team, interviewing candidates, making decisions about appointments. They have also been instrumental in designing the youth mobile and in the Summer of last year the young people’s steering group visited the mobile manufacturer in Glossop.

Throughout the cold Autumn months, the Boombox Youth Project team braved the elements to do detached work, meeting and building relationships with young people, finding out more about what young people want and need from the project

Finally, in December, the Boombox Youth Mobile arrived in Weston and the team were able to invite young people on board to start offering a range of positive activities including arts and craft, music making and photography.

The Boombox Youth Mobile is a fantastic Youth and Community facility. The mobile has WiFi, electricity, lighting, seating and large HD screen and the feedback from young people has been extremely positive.

During the February School half term, we partnered up with North Somerset Council’s ‘Better by Bike’ scheme and offered Bike Fix sessions for young people on the three estates. Over forty young people learnt how to fix a puncture and conduct safety checks on their bikes and sixteen bikes got fixed. In addition to Bike Fix the Boombox Team offered a range of activities and young people got involved in arts and craft, filming and photography.

For more information about the Boombox Youth Project please contact Project manager Elaine Harris, elaine@boomsatsuma.com