The TCCA Youth Club was established due to the need from the Youth in our community to have a safe place that could be used in order young people could attend, and initiate their own activities. The group was run by Florenza Incirli and Ayse Bekir. The sessions were weekly, and were for young people between the ages of 12-18. The purpose of this club was to allow a space for creative development, confidence-building and an opportunity for young people to explore their aspirations and interests in a safe and nurturing environment.
The workshops were drop-in, however regular and consistent attendees found that continuous attendance was most beneficial. TCCA recognised that young people from the surrounding Haringey area did not have enough resources outside of school, or open-access learning environments and stressed the importance of supplementary education.
The sessions included a variety of organised activities; beginning with debate, then proceeding with; photography, film, career development, collage, creative writing, leadership and confidence, and fine art. All resources, snacks and additional assistance were provided free of charge to the young people by TCCA. During the photography session, disposable cameras were provided to the young people, during the art sessions a variety of mediums such as paints, pastels, canvasses, clay and more were provided. We also had writer and poet Lydz, lead a writing session; where she brought bespoke notebooks to gift to attendees.
Ultimately, it was an environment where young people felt safe to discuss issues pertinent to them, sharing work they created in their own time; and receiving guidance with homework and other extra-curricular activities.