The Club is a community-based youth club, established over 150 years ago, which enriches young lives by providing a sense of belonging, fun and informal education to around 700 members each year, from the ages of 5 to adulthood, where they develop self-confidence, respect for others and build their abilities to contribute to society as good citizens.
It can be tough for a young person growing up in South Westminster. Around 700 members depend on the Club each year in its ‘neutral’ environment, that isn’t part of any one housing estate. It gives local young people, many of them on tight family budgets, the chance to thrive and give back to society through its varied youth programmes - which help them develop educationally, socially and personally through a wide range of sport, art, practical skills, trips out and training. Spread over the three storey, purpose-built premises, the Club offers something for everyone – from basketball to music production, cookery to chess, screen printing to photography, karate to arts and crafts; in addition, it fields football teams every weekend and runs programmes during school holidays through the day and into the evenings. As well as providing in-house training to members and staff, the Club works with external partners to extend its offering – examples include projects with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Snow-Camp, Mousetrap Theatre Project and 2-3 Degrees.
In 2019-20, despite lockdown and Covid-19 restrictions, there were 8,572 individual attendances (excluding participation in the online Virtual Andrew’s activities during lockdown). The Club has no religious affiliations and is open to all, with members paying only a very modest subscription. The Club has been awarded both the Bronze and Silver Level London Youth Quality Marks, a quality assurance scheme and programme accredited by City and Guilds and is now working towards Gold. Since September 2019, St Andrew’s has been one of five Westminster ‘Youth Hubs’ - locality-based organisations across the borough running safe, informal club spaces and programmes for young people. As part of Young Westminster Foundation and Westminster City Council's model, emphasising collaboration and innovation, the Hubs are supported to take on local leadership and forge partnerships to deliver youth-led initiatives that have a lasting impact on provisions for all young people in Westminster.
St Andrew's Club is a local charity, funded almost entirely by voluntary donations, and the world’s oldest youth club, which has been making a priceless contribution to the local community for over 150 years.