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‘New Venue for our Youth Drop-in’

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‘Supporting young people in the Chichester Area’

Who we are?

We are a local youth drop-in, open every day after school, during term time. The Bell tower is open from 3pm to 5:30pm and is free of charge to all young people of secondary school age. Young people can engage in a wide range of activities while attending.

Who Benefits…

A place for young people of secondary school age to engage with their friends after school in a safe environment.

Our Journey…

The Bell Tower was launched in 2014 with the vision of creating a safe place for young people, after extensive reasearch carried out in local schools showed a lack in daily after school youth provision since previous government funded youth centres had to close due to cutbacks to the statutory youth services.

Donate…

The project is funded entirely by grant giving trusts and individual donations and functions through a large team of local volunteers from across the community.

  • I come to the Bell Tower when I am in a bad mood or when I am not feeling myself because there is always someone here. I also come when I’m in a good mood and do feel myself because my friends and people I like are here. I feel the Bell Tower is somewhere people can discover themselves and make friends they wouldn’t normally make.  

    EVELYN YEAR 9
  • I love coming to the Bell Tower because it is a fun place where you can hang out with friends and use the free equipment. It’s so fun with Carmela (one of our volunteers) because her jokes will crack you up!

    BRANDON YEAR 8
  • I come to the Bell Tower to hang out with friends. I love all the staff and we do loads of stuff like watch TV, play board games, chat and have fun. I am a young leader and I love it because it’s awesome!

    CHLOE YEAR 8
  • I like coming to the Bell Tower because you can hangout with friends, do your homework and the staff are really nice! I’ve learned how to knit and love to play board games and Rummicub. It’s the best place I like to be after school. I LOVE the Bell Tower!

    ALEESHA YEAR 7
  • I like the Bell Tower because it is fun and I can see my friends. If it wasn’t here, I don’t know what I would do and would have nowhere to go. I help on the young leaders programme where I help set up as I am always here early, and keep things clean when we are open.

    Tommy YEAR 8
  • I come to the Bell Tower because my friends are here and there is a place for everyone. As a young leader, I make people hot chocolate, I work behind the counter serving snacks and normally hoover the floor at the end. There is so much to do at the Bell Tower and I come here every day after school!

    Harry YEAR 8
  • I love working at the Bell Tower as a young leader, because I like helping and it’s good experience to get to see how some people work in big shops. This is my second year on the Young Leader’s Programme and I feel like if I ever work in a shop I have learned lots of tips and skills like how to give change and organise stock and stuff. I like it when all my friends are here and we can just chill when I’m not working.

    Chloe YEAR 9
  • I love the Bell Tower because all of the people who come here are really friendly. My favourite thing is to play games all together! The place I used to live in Ireland had a youth club that I used to go to and I was really excited when I heard there was one in Chichester that I could go to everyday!

    ETHAN YEAR 7
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We are looking for dedicated individuals to join us to complement the skills of
our existing trustee board. Chichester City Centre Drop-In (also known as “The Bell Tower”) is a local youth drop-in, open every day after school, during term time. Inspired by Christian principles, the charity was launched in 2014 with the vision of creating a safe space, accessible to any secondary school-aged young person in need in the Chichester area.

Our trustees play a vital role in making sure that The Bell Tower achieves its core purpose. They oversee the overall management and administration of the charity. They also ensure that The Bell Tower has a clear strategy and that our work and goals are in line with our vision. Just as importantly, they support the staff team and volunteers to enable The Bell Tower to grow and thrive, and through this, achieve our charitable objects of providing an after school drop-in facility for young people in the city of Chichester – a “home away from home.”

We would welcome applications from anyone who has a heart for supporting young people in Chichester and feels they have relevant skills and recent experience, especially in the following areas: finance and fundraising, risk management, and HR and talent management. Our constitution stipulates that trustees must be in good standing with the local church.

To request an information pack or to arrange an informal chat, please contact our Chair of Trustees, Laura Irma (laura@belltowerchi.uk).
Closing date for applications: 10th June 2024