Background of Organisation
The project began in 2004-5 when a group of local residents came together to set up activities for local young people. We realised that young people were hanging around on the streets and becoming involved in anti social behaviour.
We decided to start a session where we would take the students to the park to play sports like football, basketball and cricket. We then started a couple of ‘chill out sessions’ on weekends in a local mosque where we ran homework clubs and discussed various problems like drugs, crime, and peer pressure.
For 6 years we ran on and off sessions continuing and building on our work. Through the summers we used outdoor parks and local areas, and in winters we used any indoor space which we could find.
In January 2011 we reached a huge milestone in our project. We approached the owners of a local primary school building to allow us to set up a youth centre. They told us that the place needs some rennovation which as you can see from the pictures before and after this has been done. Through determination and hard work of the volunteers involved in the project we established youth and became the ‘S.T.A.R Youth Project: (Success, Triumph, Ambition, Reward)
In November 2011 The STAR Youth Project was featured on a Channel 4 documentary (dispatches) for our work to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour.
Currently we have over 65 young people registered with the STAR youth project. We run between 2-5 sessions a week, providing an open access facility for the young people to attend and take part in activities and mingle with other young people.
We are working on a community project to do outreach work in the Keighley area on more wider community issues by running awareness and information events.