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The Peace Centre is home to 3 charities, NSPCC, Warrington Youth Club
and The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace. For more
details on the charities please follow the links below.
The NSPCC is the UK's leading children's charity specialising in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to children. We aim to make a difference for all children by standing up for their rights, listening to them, helping them when they need us and by making them safe.
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The Foundation for Peace is an educational peace charity created after the 1993 IRA bombing of Warrington, which killed 12 year old Tim Parry and 3 year old Johnathan Ball. 56 other people were also injured.
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WYC has an exciting, diverse and fun packed programme of activities for children and young people aged between 7 & 25 years old. From Residentials to Accreditation. A place just for girls to making short films. Having a game of footie to Volunteer Training Programmes.
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That anyone would harm a child is unthinkable. But thousands of children across the UK suffer severe abuse every day. Working directly with children and families is a crucial part of the NSPCC’s work. To reach the most disadvantaged, the NSPCC has 40 service centres around the UK, including one in Warrington,that provides services at the cutting- edge of child protection.

The NSPCC’s service centre on Peace Drive offers services to some of the most vulnerable children and families across Warrington, St Helens, and Cheshire East, bringing help and treatment to those children most at risk.

Services include, a programme involving supporting and protecting looked after children, a programme for children whose parents have drug and alcohol problems and are at high risk of abuse or neglect, a sexual abuse therapeutic programme, and a programme to protect babies and toddlers under the age of one.

Children in care. While it is a natural assumption that children in care should be better protected, looked after children are 20 times more likely to be involved in death or serious injury.

Physical abuse in high risk families. Violent adults, alcohol and drug abuse and mental health issues are all factors which are present in 34% of serious case reviews. The NSPCC’s services aim to tackle both prevention and treat the effects of such abuse.

Sexual abuse. Studies show 11% of all children suffer some form of sexual abuse. Sexual abuse damages children emotionally and psychologically. Sexually abused children may act out through violence or withdraw into themselves; they may self-harm or become suicidal. They often find it difficult to build healthy relationships with peers and adults. Through this service, the NSPCC will give therapeutic help to sexually abused children.

Children under one. It is a shocking reality that children under the age of one are more likely to die from abuse than any other age group. They are physically more vulnerable than any other age group.

Through these services we will demonstrate the most innovative and effective solutions and then campaign for these services to be adopted UK wide. Our work - predominantly funded by public donations – aims to ensure children and young people are better informed, better cared for and better protected.

The NSPCC also provides support to children and their families in Warrington, St Helens and Cheshire East via ChildLine, the UK’s free, confidential 24-hour helpline and online service for children and young people and a helpline for adults who are worried about a child or want advice. Both helplines are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In addition, the ChildLine Schools service works with children in primary schools across Warrington and the UK. By 2016 we plan to visit every primary school at least every two years. The Schools Service aims to ensure children have an understanding of abuse in all its forms, including bullying, and know how to protect themselves and seek help if they need it.

For more details about the NSPCC in Warrington please contact 01925 581200
The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace is a charity that works nationally and internationally to promote peace and non-violent conflict resolution.

The Foundation for Peace was founded by the parents of 12-year old Tim Parry and supported by the parents of three year old Johnathan Ball. Tim and Johnathan were tragically killed as a direct result of the IRA’s bombing of Warrington in March 1993.

The Foundation works with people affected by political violence and acts of terror to SUPPORT them in dealing with their past experiences and using them as the motivation for creating positive change. We work with people of all backgrounds to PREVENT violent conflict by helping them to develop the skills and understanding to be able to resolve conflict through non-violent means and ways.
We provide TRAINING and GUIDANCE to leaders and managers, including those at Government level, on how to deal with past, present and future conflicts.


We support victims of terrorism to rebuild their lives

Bombing attacks are well planned and targeted, but who they affect is indiscriminate of age, background, ethnicity or faith. Victims are isolated in their communities, often with no form of support, particularly in the longer term. We support survivors of acts of terror and politically motivated violence such as the 7/7 London bombings, Sharm el Sheikh and the Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’. We bring survivors together to share their experiences and support each other’s welfare. Through this process we enable them to overcome their trauma and use their experience positively within their own lives and wider community.


We support those who risked their lives to keep us safe

Every year the Foundation for Peace supports veterans, police, ambulance and fire & rescue personnel. Many are traumatised by what they have witnessed while undertaking their professional duties on behalf of their communities. We work with them to provide the skills to overcome trauma and to use such experiences in a positive way. We are the only UK organisation doing this vital work.


We support young people to turn away from violence

We work with young people throughout the UK who are at risk of extreme behaviour or are engaged in race or faith based conflict. We work with them to challenge their misconceptions and break the cycle of violence.


We support communities by challenging prejudice and discrimination

The Foundation is tackling key issues affecting society today - prejudice, discrimination and violence within and between communities. We help by bringing together conflicting community groups, enabling them to develop a mutual understanding and the skills to bring change for themselves and the community at large
Here at Warrington Youth Club we have a fantastic story to share.... We believe every young person is unique. Each person has a genius just waiting to be discovered. We also believe that we have a huge social responsibility to help each young person discover what they can become good at, to nurture them to achieve and to encourage them to take the risk and try something new. We do not believe that this is the exclusive job of schools, family or local authority. We believe we can play a huge role with young people, but to do this we do need help and support.
YOUTH CLUB
Firstly we are open 4 days a week 50 weeks a year, and 5 days during School Holidays, providing a place where young people know they are SAFE and there is always a friendly face that they can rely on. We offer loads of activities. But it is so important to engage young people in simple things such as painting, sport, music and games where they can develop social interaction skills that so many of them just don’t have. The heart of us is the youth club, all of our other programmes hang off the club, which makes it so important to offer great activities and to be open when the kids want to come.
MENTORING
A huge part of our project work is mentoring, We are currently applying for funds to start our mentoring of young people. Based on and guided by existing award winning mentoring schemes we will soon be working with the most vulnerable and disadvantaged kids in the town. Looked after children, young carers and young people not in education, employment and training will be the first groups we work with. We have a goal to be engaged in the mentoring of more than 100 young people within 12 months and we are also working with the toughest street kids it the town.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES
One of the ways in which we support children and young people with the transition to adulthood is providing a selection of personal and social development courses, aimed at young women, young Men, young people who are interested in volunteering and young people who are interested in a career in the media, We are the provider of the National Citizen Service in Warrington engaging all of the 16 and 17 year olds in the town and we are strengthening our links with local secondary schools delivering the Personal Health and Social Education curriculum. As part of this aspect of our work over 250 young people have received nationally recognised accreditations and qualifications, we want to increase this to over 2000 each year.
YOUTH VILLAGE
The youth village is a place where young people can start up and run their own businesses, with help and guidance from us, local schools and the collegiate. It will be a hub of town centre activity which provides a fantastic and exciting alternative to the allure of drink, drugs and mayhem. The council are really supportive and are playing a full roll in most of what we do here. The youth village should provide employment opportunities for some of the town’s most disadvantaged young people.
INDEPENDENCE
Working with disabled children and young people is also at the heart of what we are doing here at the youth club. Disability is difficult for all age groups, but if we can start working with them when they are very young then they get a huge benefit and so do their parents and carers. We are currently working with over 200 local kids with disabilities and we plan to include them more and more in our mainstream activities.
SPORT
We are developing our sports department, starting football teams, badminton, Dodgeball, netball, cycling, basketball and many more. What better way to engage with young people than through sport? We have a mission to have more than 200 young people engaged in sporting activity and teams within the next year.
COMMUNITY
To do all this we need to grow our family. When I say family I really do mean family. Warrington Youth Club aims to reach out to more and more people in the town, We already reach young people, we already reach volunteers to deliver our work, we now need to reach more agencies to help us create and deliver programs to achieve our mission of ‘Inspiring young people to achieve’.