We are delighted to announce that after a public vote, we are now proud to support Crossover Youth Centre in Liss as our pub charity.
When we opened our doors back in June, we asked you, our customers, to nominate via our Facebook page, worthy causes that we should consider for our nominated pub charity. The results were overwhelmingly clear; Crossover was obviously a cause that so many of you valued and wanted to help raise awareness, support and funding for, and we can see why.
Founded by local residents who worked alongside the council and local churches, Crossover Youth Centre was launched in May 2006 as a safe, fun and supportive place for young people from the local area to spend their free time. It began with a couple of after-school sessions but quickly grew in popularity. To answer the demand from the local young people, Crossover is now open four evenings and seven daytime sessions every week, with different sessions open to different age groups, ensuring every young person can join in the fun and learn through experiencing new things; Crossover runs cooking, craft and games sessions, and they also offer counselling, mentoring and sexual health services as part of the Get It On Scheme.
We went to visit the centre to meet the volunteers and children who make Crossover such an important, vital part of the Liss community…
Walking through the doors we were welcomed by a happy hum of kids enjoying their half term break at one of the Crossover sessions; from playing table tennis and games on the computers to eating snacks at the kitchen breakfast bar, it was a joy to see children of all different ages playing and learning from one another.
We were shown upstairs by one of the kids into the craft and music room where a group were quietly concentrating on making fluffy pom poms for a Halloween themed garland. We were also given a glimpse into music sessions as one of the kids demonstrated how loud the base drum could be!
It was clear from our visit and conversations with the volunteers, how much the centre is enjoyed by those that it serves and why it is so important that they continue to grow and develop as they have already done so over the past 12 years.
Crossover are reliant on volunteers to keep offering their time, whether that’s helping in the kitchen serving snacks and drinks, to sharing their music, craft or other skills, as well as relying on donations to ensure sessions keep running and are free for the children to enjoy.
How we plan to support Crossover
We hope to raise awareness and fundraise for this fantastic organisation through a number of initiatives.
Our Red Mist Ale is very popular for those beer drinkers that visit us and so we promise to donate 20p of every pint sold to Crossover, so you can enjoy a pint, knowing you’re doing your bit for charity. There will also be a collection pot on our bar in due course, where we would appreciate any small change you may have rattling about in your pockets (saves them causing damage in your washin machine!).
We are also looking forward to hosting a charity quiz night and summer party in 2019 too, so keep an eye out for these upcoming dates.
If you would like to support Crossover, or would like to find out more about what they do, visit their website at www.crossoverliss.org.uk.