4 Decades of Realising Young People’s Potential
St Mary’s Youth Club has enabled young people in their personal and social development and to achieve and excel. The picture below shows the pop star Cat Stevens, Tom Hornsby (middle) and Reverend Peter Johnson who were some of the founders of the Club. Peter’s empathy and inspiration was due to being forced out of a wealthy home at age 14 and having to join the merchant navy. He never forgot what it felt like to be young and vulnerable.
In the early years St Mary’s excelled in football winning the Islington mid-week Premier Division and later made history by winning the London Junior Cup 3 consecutive years. Shaun Wright Phillips, Gifton Noel Williams, John Halls, Sheldon Fleming, Corrie Brown and Andrew Clarke all represented England as either school boys or England internationals.
Below is an image of Ian Wright at Wembley Stadium where St Mary’s were taking part in the Brent Cup finals.
The Duke of Wesminster, on behalf of Youth Clubs UK, presented us with an award for promoting racial harmony. In October 2006 at the Youth Achievements evening, held at the Emirates Stadium, and hosted by Police commander Barry Norman, Monique Matthews, Alex Daley, Nick Adams and Natalie Suliman received awards for their contribution to youth work.
In 2007 the Centre was modernised receiving funds from the Big Lottery Fund, St Mary’s Church, and the Bridges Trust to provide a new kitchen, a reception area and a fantastic dance studio.
In 2009 the youth club became part of St Mary Islington Community Partnership (SMICP) that took over development of the youth work from St Mary’s Church along with the Pre-school and the Neighbourhood Centre and Crypt.
In 2012 Rebecca Mills Youth Development Manager joined the charity to head up the Youth Work and introduced a new method of your engagement the Co-producer scheme. The Co-producers are young people employed on a short term bases to gain work experience and lead the development of your work at the club including event organising, promoting even fundraising to implement their ideas.
In nov 2014 the quality of the work of Mary’s Youth Club is recognised by the prestigious Gold Quality Mark Award jointly awarded
In May 2016 Mary’s Youth Club was awarded a certificate proving that it has achieved Project Oracle’s Standard of Evidence Level 1 in Project Planning and EvaluationFollow MarysForGood