For the last 50 years Providence House Youth Club has been passionate about improving the lives and outcomes for young people who predominantly come from the Winstanley Estate in North Battersea*.
The Youth Club is situated in Falcon Road on the edge of the Winstanley Estate. We aim to provide social, recreational, sporting and educational activities in a weekly programme and during school holidays for young people aged 5-25 years.
At Providence one of our key goals is to provide a sense of community and identity for each of the young people; offering an alternative to anti-social behaviour and social isolation. We encourage everyone to have fun, make new friends and be involved in the range of activities.
Our work is led by a full-time Senior Youth Worker and volunteer Director and supported by an army of volunteers, many ex-Providence House members who have seen their own lives turned around. ￼￼
Providence House was the brainchild of an extraordinary woman, Elizabeth Braund who in the mid 60’s saw groups of young people aimlessly hanging around the streets of the old Battersea tenements. Elizabeth was a writer for the Evangelical Magazine and worked from a converted old chapel in Battersea. A chance meeting with some of the lads led to a realisation that there was no provision for creative recreation locally. She asked the young men to return the following week with their friends and the first seed was planted.
Initially, the Youth Club was run from the old chapel but in 1969 funds were raised for a purpose-built new Providence House which could accommodate far more young people who were eager to belong to a club which gave them a sense of shared identity within the local community. This new venture was right in the centre of the new high rise housing estates springing up where the old streets had been.