"They've helped so many children. Every time I come to DFYC I see so many happy faces. I've made so many friends, young and old and this place is for children who want to make a change, who want to be active."
DFYC supports socially excluded children and young people from Bermondsey and its neighbouring areas, helping them to fulfil their potential through a structured programme of sport, educational, artistic and recreational activities.
To promote the personal, social and educational development of young people.
To inspire young people to develop their potential, acquire new skills and build confidence to make their own decisions.
To provide opportunities for young people to work effectively in groups and take a responsible role in the community.
To deliver informal social education, based on a voluntary relationship, which enables young people to develop their interests and learn new ways of using their leisure time.
To make a difference to young people’s lives and especially to those who are the most vulnerable and have faced the most barriers in the past.
Young people are competent and resourceful.
Young people have a right to an opinion.
Young people have the right to be heard.
Young people have a valid role in society and positive contributions to make.
The Downside Fisher Youth Club has been in existence for over 100 years.
1908 Fisher Catholic Club for Boys and Young Men founded by Mr Norman Potter as a club for Catholic working boys and young men. It was named the Fisher Club in memory of St John Fisher. It was supported by the Fisher Society – the Catholic Society at Cambridge University. The first location of the club was an old engineering shop in Rose Court and was entirely staffed by volunteers.
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