About Us

In the normal working day the main hall is used by local community groups covering all ages and abilities.

The Barn has developed a reputation as a welcoming source of local information and aims to provide as broad a selection as possible. If you need local details or have information which may be of use to others in the community please let us know.

The Team

The Barn is managed on a day to day basis by the Centre Manager, Annie Smith. She is responsible for everything related to the operation of the Youth & Community Centre and all of it's users. (Please note that there are different contact details for our partners in the Children's Centre next door.)

Strategic leadership is provided by the Voluntary Sector Management Committee. As a registered Charity the Trustees are local residents, Mervyn Douglas (Chair) and John Neal (Secretary). Find out more, including how you can help, on our Committee Page.

Youth Provision

The Barn Youth Provision in Clevedon, is provided in association with FoReal, a Community Interest Company formed in 2013.

We run youth sessions in the main hall, generally in the evenings. See our Youth Pages for more information.

Our Partners

We have partner agencies delivering a range of services from the new building and these include North Somerset Council Children's Centre, Weston Area Health Trust and others. See our partners page for more information.

The operation of the new building is managed by North Somerset Council. You can email the Children's Centre for information.

What we offer

The Barn is a community facility based in central Clevedon within easy reach of the Town Centre and the residential areas which surround it.

We have ample parking provided in the Local Authority public car park, which is currently free to all users. Access via local walking and cycling routes is also available. The nearest bus stop is just a couple of minutes walk away.

We have access to the wide open space which surrounds The Barn which is managed by the local sporting clubs.

Within our facility we offer a large hall area which is available to rent for a wide range of functions including regular activities, conference, training, family gatherings etc. Fund raising events and children's parties are also very popular. Early booking is advised.

We also run, with our partner FoReal, a highly successful youth activity offering an opportunity for young people to enjoy a wide range of activities.

We also work closely with a range of other organisations and groups to provide a wide range of opportunities for local families. Look at our Programme and other pages for further details.

Youth Activities
FoReal

Our youth activities are provided in association with FoReal, a Community Interest Company founded in 2013.

We are both fortunate and grateful for the support of Clevedon Town Council in funding our youth provision.

FoReal
You can expect:
  • At The Barn Youth Provision we aim to treat all young people with respect
  • We give all young people an equal opportunity to try new things to broaden their horizons
  • We offer support and advice to help young people grow into responsible adults
We offer:
  • Open access youth sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
  • A range of activities including arts and crafts, cooking, sports and a chance to try new things.
  • A chance to meet other young people in a safe environment.
  • Youth led projects.
  • Support so that young people can make informed decisions.
Opening times:
  • Monday (Sep to Dec): Year 7 plus 6.30pm - 8:30pm
  • Monday (Jan to Jul): Year 6 plus 6.30pm - 8:30pm
  • Tuesday: Year 7 plus 7.00pm - 9:00pm
  • Thursday: Year 7 plus 7.00pm - 9:00pm
Staff Team:
Committee

Officers

  • Mervyn Douglas - Chairman & Trustee
  • John Neal - Secretary & Trustee
  • Roger Carroll - Treasurer

Committee Members

  • Councillor Ann Shopland
  • Councillor David Shopland
  • Eleanor Wade
  • Cheryl Parry
  • Paul Tompkins

Ex Officio Members

  • Annie Smith - Centre Manager
  • Karen Pike - Professional Youth Worker
History
The story so far

The Clevedon Youth and Community Centre (The Barn) is the successor to the original Clevedon Youth Club, which was opened in 1962 following the creation of the Clevedon Youth Centre Trust (Registered Charity No: 304520) with an added community dimension. In 1993, the design and costing of a building to be erected on the site now occupied by The Barn was commissioned. In March 1994, fund-raising began with an appeal for £120,000. The money was raised, and the Centre was completed, and opened in November 1996, when it was officially named The Barn.

The Clevedon Youth Centre Management Committee (CYCMC), which is the operational arm of the Clevedon Youth Centre Trust, took over responsibility for running the Centre, from 1st April 1997, including striking a suitable balance between youth and community use.

The building is currently held in trust by Clevedon Town Council, but continues to be run by the CYCMC.

We continue to work actively to develop The Barn as a sustainable facility, operating in accordance with the aims of the Clevedon Youth Centre Trust we seek appropriate local authority and other grant support.

In 2009 CYCMC welcomed the completion of the Clevedon Children's Centre which was built alongside the original building and the mutual benefits this has brought. CYCMC also provides facilities for, and has commissioned FoReal - Fun Recreational Learning, to run the youth activity at The Barn from September 2013.

Help Us
Volunteer Opportunities

We have a number of volunteers who support our work. Opportunities include working alongside our FoReal youth team, supporting the Children's Centre or other groups in their work for example.

To express an interest please use our Contact Us page and we will put you in touch with the appropriate person.

Training is provided where necessary for the duties of the post. Activities which involve contact with children, young people or vulnerable adults will require the applicant to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Join Our Management Committee

We have a number of volunteers who support our work as members of our management committee.

If you feel that you would like to offer to work with the team, bringing your own particular skills and experience to enhance the current committee, we'd love to hear from you.

To express an interest please use our Contact Us page and we will contact you.

Funding or Donation

As a registered Charity we are always working to maximise our income to support and develop our work.

If you would like to support us in our efforts please Contact Us.