The Wolston Youth Project took its first tentative steps from Easter 2012, when it replaced the former Youth Club. This had been run by Warwickshire County Council until 2011 when funding was withdrawn and it had to be temporarily closed, but the loss of this popular facility for young people was seen as unacceptable by the community and the Parish Council took up the challenge of providing activities for young people which WCC hoped “the local community would continue to provide” when the closure of the former WCC run Youth Club was announced.
Core financing for running the Youth Project is provided by Wolston Parish Council, with additional financial support from WCC Rugby Area Community Fund and the WCC Big Society Fund provided during its first year. In addition the Rose and Crown Charity Quiz organisers provided donations in 2012 and 2013 because they felt that the Youth Project was providing something that young people of the village needed. The Millennium Committee and the Gardens Walkabout Committee have also kindly made donations to support the work of the Youth Project, which meant that a new laptop computer could be purchased.
The Youth Project meets on Monday and Wednesday evenings at the Wolston Leisure and Community Centre. The club sessions run between 7.00 p.m. and 9.00 p.m. in the Club Room and are aimed at youngsters from Year 6 up to 18 years old. A wide range of activities are available, including table tennis, table football, snooker, craftwork, Wii, board games, internet access, posters and artwork. Giving the young people the opportunity to let off steam and keep fit at the same time the Youth Project hires half the All Weather Pitch for an hour at each session.
The Youth Worker in charge is fully qualified and is supported by a qualified Youth Worker at each session, assisted by volunteer helpers.
The Youth Project, funded by the Parish Council, endeavours to provide a safe and friendly environment in which youngsters can meet with their peers. It is currently examining the feasibility of becoming a separately constituted body, in order to enhance the ability to apply for grant funding .