Youth Options was established in 1937 (formerly Hampshire & IOW Association of Boys’ Clubs). We have one key aim – we seek to provide help and support for the young people of Hampshire, Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. We do this through activities and social education programmes which develop, inform, educate and entertain in an atmosphere of honesty, fair play and responsible concern for themselves and others.
In 2003 the organisation employed 9 full time and 6 part time staff, as well as supporting 50 volunteers with a turnover of approximately £400,000. With the appointment of a new Chief Executive in 2003 and a restructure of the organisation, Youth Options currently employs 65 full time and part time staff, and supports up to 60 volunteers.
In recognition of the makeup of the county and its many rural locations, we have a youth support team that visits youth groups, schools and special needs groups delivering a variety of workshops which includes circus skills, CD mixing, graffiti art and first aid training.
All of the programmes are supported by a Chief Executive, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Services with the whole organisation being overseen by a Board of Trustees made up of 8 volunteers under the watchful eye of The Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire Nigel Atkinson, our President.