Branches Members Meeting
Thursday 16th January 7-8PM
In the Cafe Premises.
Come and have your say in what's next for Branches.
Young Leaders To run 'Branches Bar'
Starting 21st June some of our Young Leaders are running Branches Bar
@ the Louie Memorial Pavillion after school on Fridays.. They are going to offer Branches Milkshakes and Smoothies, snacks and sweet treats at pocket money prices over the 'bar' from the Louie Memorial Pavillion on the 'top field' along the road from Matthew Arnold School on Arnolds Way OX2 9JD. Branches Staff and business manager have been supporting them starting this new venture, but will hopefuly be able keep a low profile and let the Young Leaders run the show. We wish them every success and hope they get lots of after school trade. Thanks also to the Louie Memorial Pavillion Commitee for their support.
100 Days Open!!
Branches has now been serving the community with Young People at its heart for over 100 days. To celebrate this achievement we have changed our menu.
Also planned are:
An evening for our members. This is a chance to reflect on the journey so far and look to the future.
A 'VIP' event to thank the individuals and organisations who have supported us to get to this point, and show the valuable work with our Young Leaders that this support has enabled.
A Pre-Christmas Feast from 11:00 on the 22nd December before we give our dedicated staff and volunteers a well-deserved break. This feast will be free for the Homeless and Families that need a little extra Christmas Spirit.
Branches will be CLOSED after the feast.
We will REOPEN on 2nd January 2019.
Youth Cafe@Branches Starting THIS WEEK!!
We are open from 15:00 - 17:00 after school, starting from Thursday 6th September. We will be running weekly Mondays to Thursday during term time. The Branches Cafe will become "Youth Cafe@Branches",
providing a free and exclusive space for young people 12 -17 years old to come and relax after school, maybe grab a snack or take part in the range of activities on offer.
(Please note, there may
be nominal a charge for some of these to cover resources).
Take away service available to all!
Youth Cafe@Branches Evening Sessions
Start: 13th September
Branches Team ready to welcome you to the new Cafe.
On Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th July Branches Cafe opened its doors for the first time for a couple of taster sessions.
Young people were invited to join us, give us some feedback on the café and our menu, and enjoy free ice cream (courtesy of our local Iceland Store).
We had about 30 young customers who visited. They met some of the team members, played games and chatted in their new space. They also had a first look at our exciting Summer Program.
Thank you for coming and we hope to see you again!
What's going on at Branches Young People's Support Service?
Branches Cafe will open its doors to young people on Mon 23 July and Tues 24 July 2018, from 15:00- 17:00, We are on the 1st Floor of Elms Court, Chapel Way (above Botley Library).
There will be a soft-opening to the wider community on Monday, 30 July and Tuesday, 31 July 10:00- 15:00. We open doors to all on Wednesday, 1st August 2018. This is also when our summer programme kicks in for young people!
Branches acknowledges the support of Oxfordshire County Council in providing capital start-up funds from the Communities Fund and the support of Vale of White Horse District Council New Homes Bonus fund as well as the contribution of SDC, North Hinksey Parish Council, The Sprout, North Hinksey Youth Club, SOHA and Doris Field Trust.
On Sunday 27th May, Branches Volunteers and Young People Served the monthly Community Breakfast at the Dean Court Community centre.
It was a fun morning and turnout was good considering it was a Bank Holiday weekend at the start of half term and Common People was on and Liverpool had just played in the Champions League Final.
Thanks for inviting us to do this, it was a great chance to raise our profile as we prepare to open.
Also, a small thanks for the support Dean Court gave us hosting our Favours Auction back in February.
Wow! What a fantastic evening!
A massive thank-you to all our, and Bridges, supporters who helped out and came along to the auction, and bought food and drink.
Also, a huge thank-you to all the individuals and companies who donated favours.
Plus a gigantic thank-you to all those who bid and sent those prices soaring.
In total, we have raised approx £4200 to support the work of
Botley Bridges and Branches
Young Peoples' Support Services.
Two of our Young Leaders ran a stall for Branches at the Kings Centre Harvest Fayre.
As well as the brilliant cakes, shown, our Fabulous Proper Chocolate Flapjacks, Lemon Muffins and Scones with Strawberry Jam were on sale.
It was a great opportunity to raise our profile and to let the Young Leaders take the lead!
Meanwhile, the Directors made links with potential suppliers for the cafe and stall holders with arts and crafts skills.
BRANCHES at Friends of Raleigh Park AGM
After visiting the RAISE pop-up cafe, a customer commissioned Branches to provide some cakes for the Friends of Raleigh Park AGM.
We happily agreed and provided some of our Proper Chocolate Flapjacks and a home-baked Carrot Cake.
The feedback was that they were much enjoyed.
Thanks to the volunteer bakers who made the flapjacks and Carrot Cake and thanks to the Friends of Raleigh Park for their custom and support.
Branches is rooted in the community of Botley.
We believe that a community needs a place where people can come together to chat, eat, drink and laugh.
Above all, we believe that young people need a safe space of their own to play, learn and grow.
To know more about us go to our story thus far...