Naphill and Walters Ash School Red White and Blue Day (Tri-Service Fundraising)

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself; my name is Rebecca Ruddock and I am the new Station Youth Worker for RAF High Wycombe. I work for an organisation called 4Children who run the Airplay programme, which is funded by the RAF Benevolent fund.  I have worked with young people for over 10 years mainly as a dance teacher. I currently work at Princes Risborough Secondary School as Head of Dance.

I am extremely excited about the programmes we are planning for the members of youth club and cannot wait to work closely with schools, organisations and other station youth clubs to offer a range of trips and activities for our young people.

Youth club details:
We run a junior and senior session at RAF Medmenham every Tuesday @ 6:15pm-7:45pm and we run just a senior session at RAF Medmenham every Tuesday @ 7:45pm-8:15pm
All service and non service young people welcome
£1.50 per session (Extra money needed for tuck shop)
We also run a junior session at RAF High Wycombe every Wednesday in the youth club at RAF High Wycombe@3:30pm-5:00pm for ages 8-13 years
All service and non service young people welcomE.
£1.50 per session (Extra money needed for tuck shop)
We are hoping to start a senior’s session shortly after Christmas for ages 13-18 years.

As the Station Youth Worker I was particularly keen to help support and celebrate the Red White and Blue Day with the children and staff at Naphill and Walters Ash School. The school children and staff dressed up in red white and blue to raise money for the Red, White & Blue Tri-Service appeal on Friday 11th October 2013.

It was lovely to see how much effort the school had made to support this fund.  The school raised an amazing total of £374.00. What really impressed me was how supportive and caring the school are towards service children. The Assistant Head held a whole assembly celebrating the armed forces and had video recordings of service children talking about what it is like to be a service child and how they feel when a parent goes on detachment, it was extremely emotional and the facts really hit home.

I was happy to speak in assembly about our youth club at High Wycombe; we have since gained interest from parents and young people about joining our sessions and have had a few new members start.  I shall look forward to working more closely with the school to help support young people from youth club.