Founded in 2002, The Clock (Yorkshire) Ltd (formally Thirsk Clock) is a registered charity (No: 1096518) and company limited by guarantee (No: 04520206). Young people chose the name from a local landmark where they would meet up, the organisation is based at the Church Hall, St James Green in Thirsk. It has a track record of delivery across North Yorkshire.
Our Purpose – Set up by local people to provide youth activities in 2002 The Clock exists to build strong and supportive community life in the locations where it works. We engage with 900 members (local people) of all ages every year, although youth work still constitutes half our provision. We’re innovative, responsive, member-led and proud of serving the people in our community who need us most.
Our Users – Our users are all people who live locally to our activities. Whilst open to all, our users are mainly vulnerable, disadvantaged and hard-to-reach. They experience isolation, homelessness, substance misuse, mental ill-health, anti-social and offending behaviour, domestic violence and educational underachievement. Many have given up hope that life can change.
Our Activities – Our belief that communities thrive when they are encouraged to be resilient and support themselves underpins everything that we do. Our work helps our vulnerable users have fun, break isolation and make lasting friendships, access the practical help they need, take up 1-1 support to address barriers that stop them from achieving their potential and gain the education and skills that lets them move on in life. We support individuals in the widest sense. About 75% of our adult users first approach us in crisis, (e.g. homelessness, domestic violence, lack of food) and remain active users until they have resolved their issues and beyond. Many move on to become volunteers. We’re integral to Thirsk’s community and proud we make a difference in people’s lives every day. Our work falls into four main areas:
Learning – (taster, accredited and non-accredited learning, hosting a CAB, free daytime café, trips, evening football, computer and internet access
‘TLC’ activities (food bank, outreach, sharing hot meals with people who eat alone, laundry services, access to second-hand furniture, fuel tokens for the self-disconnected)
Social Activities – daytime café, trips, evening football)
Support – mentoring, user-led action plans, counselling
Assets – The charity owns and manages a skate park, (acquired from Thirsk Sk8te under asset transfer) at the new sports village in Sowerby.
The way we work – Our delivery is always member-led and invariably engages users in buddying, mutual support and work to deliver shared solutions for themselves and the local community. Our members and volunteers are integral to what we do and co-deliver a wide range of activities with staff. The Clock understands and demonstrates the impact its support and activities make to the wellbeing of the community through social inclusion, learning and skills development, active citizenship and volunteering.
Provides bespoke interventions to young people as they develop through the various stages of life and living. An individual assessment is carried out with each young person to identify their needs and set goals. These are inevitably varied but may include activities such as support with finding the right college course, advice on housing, guidance on inappropriate relationships etc.
Provides one-to-one support to adults who require support with finance management, welfare benefit changes, housing and homelessness, isolation and loneliness.
Offers training to improve skills and employment prospects, through tailored programmes
Offers a safe and accessible space in their premises in the Church Hall for older adults to take part in activities and social gathering to prevent loneliness and isolation
Develops and delivers high quality training opportunities to other professionals in the support of young people and vulnerable adults
St James Green
Tel: 01845 524 494
The Clock (Yorkshire) Ltd
Registered Charity No. 1096518
Registered Company No. 04520206
A Company Limited by Guarantee, registered in England & Wales