Normandy Youth Club–The N-Factor
|Focus||Youth, Mentorship, Community cohesion|
The Normandy Youth Club–The N-Factor was founded in the United Kingdom in July 2008, and launched in January 2009 to help combat the increasing incidents of youth crime in Normandy, Surrey and its surrounding hamlets.
After a gap of not having an area youth club for over two decades Mrs Maria Angel, a college teacher, recognised the lack of out of school hours youth leisure facilities within the parish of Normandy, Surrey. She founded the "Normandy Youth Club–The N-Factor" to help combat the increasing incidents of youth crime in the community. The group is based out of Normandy Village Hall and caters specifically to youth aged eight to 18 years of age.
Aims, Objectives & Initiatives
The youth club encourages all children and young people to become more socially included within the rural community of Normandy. The organization is a voluntary, rural community youth club that does culturally sensitive youth work and has concentrated its efforts in targeting young people from disadvantaged and marginalised communities in Normandy and its surrounding hamlets, including those from the minority group communities (such as Gypsy, Irish Travellers and Showman). It provides Not in Employment Education or Training (NEET) support and mentorship programmes for volunteer supervisors and members.
Creative-based youth club programmes have included adopting the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) 'Walk a mile in my shoes' initiative, which embraces the principles of the 'Rights to Dignity and Respect'. The Normandy Youth Club–The N-Factor creative art workshops, provide a platform to interpret and express those principles through art, film and photography. Opportunities to showcase the children and young people's talents, have been organised through Summer art and photographic competitions thereby positively raising the profile of and engaging its young members with the rest of the community.
The Normandy Youth Club–The N-Factor has been recognised for its work towards "community cohesion," both locally and nationally. The youth club has also received many national community awards and was recognised by the UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah in 2010.
Awards, Recognition and Achievements
|2009||High Sheriff of Surrey||High Sheriff Youth Award||"Contributed towards making your community safer and stronger, by reaching out and helping others. The Award also conveys the gratitude of all those who live in Surrey for the way your project helps to reduce and prevent crime amongst young people in the country".|
|2009||Borough of Guildford Mayor||The Mayor's Award for Community Service||"For recognition of their outstanding contribution to the community".|
|2009||Surrey Police||Surrey Police Local Heroes Award||"The Community Cohesion category and thereby receives the grateful thanks of Surrey Police and the citizens of the county for their actions and dedication to help create safe neighbourhoods in Surrey".|
|2010||Tesco||Tesco Community Mum of the Year Award||"National recognition for serving the community".|
|2010||10 Downing Street||Breakfast Reception with Sarah Brown||"National recognition for serving the community".|
|2010||High Sheriff of Surrey||High Sheriff Youth Award||"Contributed towards making your community safer and stronger, by reaching out and helping others". "The Award also conveys the gratitude of all those who live in Surrey for the way your project helps to reduce and prevent crime amongst young people in the country".|
|2010||The Women of the Year||The Women of the Year Lunch||"Recognition as a Woman of Achievement 2010, on the basis of her own merit and achievement and is nominated by a member of the Woman of the Year Nominating Council because of her special contribution to society or the workplace".|
|2011||BBC||BBC First Click Digital Champion||"Providing the BBC First Click beginner’s computer courses at Normandy Day Centre Internet Café from the launch of the BBC campaign".|
|2011||Guildford Honorary Remembrancer||Women of the Year||"Honoured for her outstanding contribution… has changed the community’s attitude towards youngsters in the area. ...that there are people who feel socially excluded".|
|2011||Surrey Life Magazine||Surrey Life Community Hero||"Inspiring people who are already making a big difference in our communities… who you feel really make an impression on the quality of life in Surrey". The driving force behind the N-Factor youth club and the Normandy Day Centre Internet Café in her village".|
In 2010, the Normandy Youth Club–The N-Factor made the transition from the Normandy Royal British Legion to Normandy Village Hall, allowing the project to serve a much wider geographical area (including the various hamlets within Normandy parish):
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