Reeds Rain support time capsule project

Children taking part in the youth centre holiday scheme teamed up with a local estate agent to help bury a 20 year time capsule.

Reeds Rains decided to put together a time capsule following its 150 year anniversary, to include current house prices, a local street map, some currency and a the staff’s predictions for house prices in 2029. Youngsters on the holiday scheme chose to include the latest youth centre prospectus, newspapers, some personal information including how much pocket money they receive, the cost of their favourite sweets and their forecast for how life will be in 20 years time.

It was a fun project for the young people to get involved in; we all had great fun thinking about what people in the future will think when they dig it up! Thank you Reeds Rains

Lions Club thank young people for fundraising efforts

Our young people braved the cold and helped the Lions Club with the most successful Christmas Collections ever achieved in Portishead. During one week in December, our team of young people helped raise money for local causes over four nights of collecting.

The Lions Club presented us with a cheque for £200 to support our youth work and to say thank you for our help.

Skydiving Fundraiser

Sky Dive fundraiser!

James Hailwood, a local builder and fireman, jumped out of a plane at 10,000 ft to raise money for Portishead Youth Centre.
You can find out more or support James by visiting his page at Virgin Money Giving | Fundraising | James Hailwood’s fundraising page
James said,

‘On 18th March I will take part in a tandem parachute jump from 10,000ft and I am hoping that with your help I will be able to raise at least £500 for Portishead Youth Centre.

Portishead Youth Centre is so much more than a youth club; it provides many activities for the whole community from babies and pre-school children to senior citizens, with activities that include music, sport, fitness and the arts, as well as being host to a number of support groups from young carers to vulnerable young people.

Portishead has one of the best youth centres in the country and when I discovered they run at a small loss I decided to do what I can to help.’

A massive thank you to James from everyone at Portishead Youth Centre!

Bag packing at Waitrose, Portishead

Young people from Portishead Youth Centre volunteered their time to pack people’s shopping on Good Friday of this year.

A special thank you to the young people and all the staff at Waitrose for giving us this opportunity.

Indoor table tennis donation

Sainsbury’s Portishead kindly donated a new indoor table tennis to replace our older, more worn out equipment

Rotary Club of Portishead Swimathon donation

The Rotary Club of Portishead chose Portishead Youth Centre as one of it’s charities to benefit from funds raised by their annual Swimathon. We received a very generous donation of £1000.

Bag packing at Asda, Cribbs Causeway

Thank you to Asda, Cribbs Causeway who let us help customers with packing their shopping, in order to raise money for Audacity dance group’s trips and activities.

Paint Pot redecorates Portishead Youth Centre

In September 2017, Paint Pot helped us redecorate our Dance Studio, after we had extra sound proofing put in to reduce sound going through the walls to the Nautical Room.

Thank you to Andy for giving up his time and donating resources to finish off this room ready for the new term.

P'Head charity gig raises £806

On Saturday 28th October, newly formed local band took to the stage and put on a rocking gig at Clarence House in Portishead. The ‘one night only’ gig was the brainchild of music loving Portishead resident, Tim Howes as a way to celebrate his 50th birthday with his friends. 180 people joined in with the celebrations and proceeds from the night were donated jointly to Portishead Youth Centre and the West of England MS Therapy Centre, with over £1600 being shared between the two worthy causes. The band, named P’Head is made up of band members Tim Howes, Chris Wade, Paul Weston, Marcus Stratton, Louisa Merriam and Tristan Merriam and their numbers include covers of 1960s classics.

The donation of £806 to Portishead Youth Centre is to be used to support the delivery of music workshops and activities in the Centre’s Recording Studio, which was used by P’Head for their rehearsals in the lead up to the gig.

Lions Club Chocolate Santa raffle

Members of Portishead Lions Club have called in to Portishead Youth Centre to say thank for taking part in the Club’s annual Chocolate Santa Raffle.

Kim Jones, the Assistant Centre Manager said that they were always pleased to support the Lions as there had always been a close partnership with them. They were grateful for the Lions’ support with the Young Leaders in Service scheme, the Life Skills project and recently with help in redecorating the Centre.

Roy Shaw, of Portishead Lions who organises the raffle said they were equally pleased to be working with Youth Centre as they recognised the important part the Centre played in the life of the town. As well as serving nearly 400 young people per week they offer a range of services to many other people in the community.

This year the money raised by the raffle will be split between Diabetes UK, Portishead Diabetes Support Group and the Portishead Lions’ general charity funds which are used to support local needs. Roy wishes to thank all the outlets taking part for their support.

St Peter's Lodge tombola fundraiser

Children from our Holiday Scheme went to St Peter’s Lodge in Portishead to sing Christmas songs and speak to the residents. The staff at the residential complex enjoyed being visited by the children and presented them with a cheque for £225 that they raised through a tombola.

Portishead Photography fundraiser

A local family have been raising funds for Portishead Youth Centre by selling photographs of Portishead Marina. Here, Lucy Norris aged 12 (representing the family) presents Kim Jones, Assistant Centre Manager with a cheque for £100, bringing the fundraising total to £400.


The photographs, one of which pictured with Lucy and Kim were taken by Lucy’s auntie, Liz McGowan. The family have donated a further 3 canvas copies of the photo, 2 of which are available to be purchased in return for a reasonable donation towards the work the Youth Centre does with children and young people.