Telephone:01202 892 249

Ferndown Youth Centre

Opening times





18:30 – 21:00

Year 7 and 8 youth club


15:00 – 18:00

After school drop in - year 7 and above


19:00 – 21:30

After school drop in - year 9 and above


15:00 – 18:00

After school drop in - year 7 and above


18:30 – 21:00

Year 6 youth club

Half terms


Days and times will vary please ask a youth worker

What happens at a youth centre?

At Ferndown Youth Centre we run two different types of youth work sessions. During the evening we run a planned programme of activities that enable young people to have fun and engage in informal learning. As part of the evening session we aim to broaden young people’s views and experiences by promoting other cultures and ways of living as well as providing information about awareness days.  These sessions cost £1 unless otherwise stated.

The afternoon sessions take the form of a ‘drop in’ where young people do not pay to enter and can come and go as they please. Through these sessions we also provide laptops where young people can have help in completing their homework as well as playing games.

Every time we open the doors to young people we have a range of activities and sports on offer such as pool, games consoles, arts and crafts, darts and much more. We also have a well-stocked coffee bar selling sweets and refreshments. We aim for young people to choose how they engage and encourage them to share their views and ideas for activities. 

When half term comes around we still open for young people however, this may vary each time. We will either run the sessions as per term time or we will run longer ‘drop in’ sessions during the day. The young people get to choose which type of session they want to see happening. Half term can often be quite boring for young people as they “hang out” in and around Ferndown, all day every day, so we also organise trips.    

Ferndown youth centre also wants young people to take responsibility for the club and how it is run. We encourage young people to help run sessions acting in the role of a senior member, where they build self-esteem and learn new skills. The elected young people on the youth club council meet once or twice a term to bring all young people’s views forward and discuss what they want to see happen.             

What does a youth worker do?

In brief a youth worker has the responsibility for health and safety within the building; ensuring policies such as safeguarding are implemented; the youth club sessions are safe and enjoyable and young people are treated equally and fairly. A big part of our role is providing support, advice and guidance to young people, talking with them about any issue and helping them access support from other agencies. We do this during each session and when young people pop in for a chat.

The staff team

The youth centres staff team is made up of Youth worker in charge – Aaron, Youth support workers – Angela.

 Aaron Fellows Youth leader            

We are always looking for new volunteers to help us run the sessions, so if you are interested or want to find out more please get in touch. Please note all volunteers and staff have to undergo a DBS check (formerly CRB).

The Youth Centre Building

We have an excellent purpose built youth club including outside space for the young people of Ferndown and the surrounding area. However we also rent out space within the youth centre including the main hall and adjoining rooms. If you would like to enquire about booking space, please call Ferndown Town Council on 01202 892249.

front of building

Contact details including youth centre address

Ferndown Youth and Community Centre
Mountbatten Drive
BH22 9FB

Aaron Fellows
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tel - 01202 874448