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Garden progress and yet more yummy treats!

There was lots of fun on offer at Holsworthy Youth Club on 17.05.16 – the sun was shining and our volunteer and chief Gardener, Edgar, was busy progressing our garden area and making it take shape.

The plan is for the young people to have a flower and herb area to help make the grounds look nice – with Edgar’s advice and guidance, the young people can have a go at growing all sorts of pretty things



We also plan to have an area where we can grow vegetables, these will be used in our own cooking sessions and we hope, also given to the local community – perhaps via the Foodbank.


As well as all the gardening fun and progress, the young people were busy with Arts and Crafts – making some very colourful pom poms in the early session


The young session was also very popular with our Youth Club volunteers – this could have been because the young people were busy making tasty scones!


They tasted yummy and we even had a choice of Fruit Scones or Cheese Scones – volunteer numbers will be on the up if the young people keep cooking up treats like these!

In the late session, the young people got their bake on again – this time making a Victoria Sponge cake packed full of jam, strawberries and cream



This was perfect for an impromptu Birthday celebration for one of our young participants – we all sang Happy Birthday and tucked into the beautiful and scrummy cake!



Holsworthy Youth Club is a great place to come and meet new people / friends, learn new skills and have a go at all sorts of activities; cooking, music, arts and crafts, gardening, pool, table tennis and computer based fun.

Feel free to come along to a Tuesday session, 3:15 – 5:15 for those in Year 6 – 9 and then 5:30 – 8pm for those in Year 10 – 11

 Exotic visitors and Homegrown / cooked treats!

On 03.05.16 we had some Exotic visitors at Holsworthy Youth Club thanks to one of our young people brining in his pets so that the younger children could meet and handle them




All the young people were very curious about the animals and treated them carefully and with respect but they enjoyed getting up close to something a little different. We had a Corn Snake and two Salamanders on site and they were all looked after very well and made to feel very welcome.



Not all of the adult volunteers were so keen but some did join in the fun!



Once all the hands had been thoroughly washed, it was time to get creative with the Leeks again – this time homemade Leek and Potato soup


Fresh Leeks

On 26th April 2016 one of the budding chefs from our older/late session decided that he wanted to cook up a treat for some of the Adult volunteers who support the sessions. He researched the recipe himself and set about harvesting our very own Youth Club grown Leeks

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Once harvested, our budding chef got creative in the kitchen












The kitchen smelled lovely and the dish tasted divine – thank you Ben!



24th April 2016 – Spring Fete

Sunday 24th April 2016 was the Spring Fete at Holsworthy Youth Club – an event that the volunteers worked hard to progress over many many months.


The Spring Fete was held to mark the one year anniversary of the Youth Club re-opening under that management of volunteers associated with Holsworthy & Rural CATS. The Fete was a chance for volunteers to invite the community into the Youth Club and celebrate the achievements of the first year.



Volunteers wanted the Fete to be a celebration and a way to THANK the community who have been a huge support since the Youth Club re-opened. There was plenty of fun on offer and things for people to see and do; a BBQ, cake stall, Vintage Rally display, craft stall, face painting, tombola, raffle, plant stall, book stalls, bouncy castle , music and so much more.





The local Police/PCSOs were also in attendance with fun activities, as were the local Fire Brigade – their water hose was very popular with the young people!



The sun shone and everyone seemed to have a lovely time.


Massive thanks to everyone who supported this event and who has supported the Youth Club during its first year – especially to the volunteers who run weekly sessions and who plan activities and opportunities for the young people.


21st April 2016 – Beacon Lighting

On 21st April 2016 some of our Youth Club volunteers supported a group of young people from the Youth Club, so that they could VOLUNTEER their time to support the Beacon Lighting event to mark the Queen’s 90th Birthday.


Holsworthy Youth Club are keen to give young people the chance to engage, in a positive way, with their local community and as such encourage young people to volunteer at community events. Young people can gain valuable skills through volunteer work and the smiles on their faces certainly tell you that they enjoyed every minute of it!


Spring Fete – Sun 24th April 2016

Spring Fete


Holsworthy & Rural CATS have sent us the following PRESS STATEMENT in connection with their SPRING FETE / OPEN DAY on 24.04.16 –


Spring Fete – join the fun at Holsworthy Youth Club!

Holsworthy & Rural CATS, who run Holsworthy Youth Club (in partnership with Holsworthy Community Property Trust), are holding a Spring Fete to mark the one year anniversary of the re-opening Holsworthy Youth Club.

This fun day, for all the family, will take place on Sunday 24th April 2016 from 11am – 4pm

Holsworthy & Rural CATS have lots of fun activities planned including an exhibition of the art done at the youth club by the young people, a display of vintage rally equipment, there will also be a cake sale, BBQ, craft sale and raffle/tombola. The local Fire Brigade plan to attend with a vehicle and local Police/PCSOs will be there doing finger printing and property marking.

Please come along and join in the fun – we look forward to welcoming you!

Holsworthy & Rural CATS are always keen to recruit more volunteers to support their work at Holsworthy Youth Club and to benefit young people in the Holsworthy area. If you want to support young people in the Holsworthy area then please do get in touch with Karen on 01288 488086 or via to find out more.


Young people at Holsworthy Youth Club have been busy helping with preparations for the SPRING FETE – they have been making cards to sell on the craft stall and planting seeds to sell as plants on the day!




OPEN DAY planned at Holsworthy Youth Club

Holsworthy & Rural CATS are busy planning an OPEN DAY at Holsworthy Youth Club to mark the ONE YEAR Anniversary of them re-opening the Youth Club and continuing youth provision in the local area for young people in YEARS 6 – 11

The date is set – SUNDAY 24th APRIL 2016

Further details about the day will be released as plans are finalised – watch this space!

January fun in the Youth Club kitchen!

Our young people have expressed an interest in cooking while at the Youth Club, they are keen to learn new skills, experience new tastes and have fun in the kitchen. As such, our volunteers (who run the sessions) communicate with the young people about the types of food they want to cook. Food options can range from seasonal treats like mince pies and pancakes to pizzas and more substantial meals like lasagne.

Once the young people have identified what they want to cook, ingredients are sourced or taken from our stock cupboards and the fun in the kitchen can begin. Giving young people the chance to learn new skills in a safe and fun environment while interacting with our dedicated team of volunteers and with their peers.

Often, any surplus food is sold through our Tuck Shop at a very reasonable rate!

Take a look at some of the tasty treats cooked up in January in the below pictures –



Holsworthy Youth Club sessions open again after festive break.

Tuesday 5th January 2016 saw the return of the popular Youth Club sessions at Holsworthy Youth Centre. These sessions are run by the volunteer led Holsworthy & Rural CATS committee and community volunteers, in association with Holsworthy Community Property Trust.

Youth Club sessions run on Tuesdays from 3:15 – 5:15 for those in Year 6 – 9 and then from 5:30 – 8PM for those in Year 10 and Year 11

The volunteers who run the sessions work hard to ensure that a variety of activities are on offer for the young people, giving them a chance to try new things in a safe and social setting. Popular activities include cooking, arts and crafts, and music.

If you are in Year 6 – 11 and living in / around the Holsworthy area, why not come along and see if Holsworthy Youth Club has something fun for you to do on a TUESDAY?!?

Be sure to check out their Facebook page to keep up to date with all the goings on by searching for ‘Holsworthy Youth Club’



Youth Club volunteers give back to Community

On Sunday 13th December, 7 young volunteers from Holsworthy Youth Club gave up their time to help out at the Children’s Christmas Party hosted by Holsworthy & District Lions. They helped with arts and crafts, acted as team leaders for the games / dancing and helped with all the clearing away at the end. Jake even acted as our very own ‘Naughty Elf’.

The young volunteers from Holsworthy Youth Club looked very professional in their new VOLUNTEER Hoodies, funded by Devon Community Foundation and a grant from the Chiggy Pig Fund.

The hoodies were supplied in record time by mytshirtprinters in Kilkhampton.

This volunteer work was a great start to giving back to a community that has supported the Youth Centre so much.

Holsworthy & Rural CATS, who run Holsworthy Youth Club are very proud of these young volunteers.


Festive update from Holsworthy & Rural CATS


Time has passed very quickly since Holsworthy & Rural CATS (Community Action Through Sport) together with Holsworthy Community Property Trust embarked on the re-opening of the Youth Club at the Youth Centre in Sanders Lane.  Seven months on and the Youth Club has proved a great success, thanks in no small measure to our band of volunteers– we generally see about 30-40 youngsters each week to engage in all the different activities offered there.  Cookery is proving a huge success with youngsters of all ages; the pool table recently re-covered courtesy of Holsworthy Social Club is in constant use as are the new laptops funded by the Devon County Council local budget funding arranged by Councillor Barry Parsons, who has been a great supporter of the project.  We’ve also received grants from the DCF “Chiggy Pig” fund which will help greatly with our continuing running costs and from the Councillor Community Grants Scheme via Councillor Ian Parker.  The generosity of the local community (including, of course, Waitrose and the Co-Op) is contributing greatly towards our success and we’re hugely grateful to everybody who is helping.  Music, arts and crafts in varying forms also grow in popularity.  Gardening and ecology are also featuring and we’re increasing the size of the gardening plot to enable us to grow vegetables next year (amongst other things, of course!).

Our Tuesday sessions (Years 6-9 from 3:15 – 5:15pm and Years 10 & 11 from 5:30 to 8pm) go from strength to strength and we also managed to run sessions throughout the summer holiday including trips to the seaside at Bude and Beer Mill and a session during the recent half term to continue preparations for our float for Holsworthy Carnival.  We also plan to hold Christmas parties for the young people during Christmas week.  So, a lot going on and there’s a great buzz about the place on Tuesdays.  We look forward to continuing to provide a safe and secure place for young people in Holsworthy and the surrounding areas.

So we’d like to wish you a happy Christmas together with sending a huge “thank you” to all those who have been helping and continue to help; needless to say, we’re always on the lookout for additional volunteers to enable us to continue to keep the Youth Club going, so do contact us if you have a couple of hours free on Tuesday afternoon/early evenings and would like to help.  We can be contacted via email at or via CATS’ Head Office in Bude on 01288 488086 or you can find us on our Holsworthy Youth Club Facebook page (where there also photos of some of the activities which have taken place so far!).


4th Annual CATS Awards Evening


It was standing room only in Holsworthy Memorial Hall on Friday 20 November where many amazing young people and their supporters gathered for the 4th Annual Awards evening of Holsworthy & Rural CATS (Community Action Through Sport).  This was an evening where the volunteer work and talents of young people (aged 5-25) were recognised and rewarded. So often these amazing positive contributions to the community go unrecognised or unremarked!

On this night though, young people from the Holsworthy area were rewarded with award certificates and sport-related awards donated by local sports providers, amongst whom were 1610, SW Lakes Trust, Outdoor Adventure, Adventure International, Holsworthy Golf Club, Survival Laser Games and Budehaven Sub-Aqua Club. Awards were given under various categories including fundraising, sports coaching, environmental and for achievements which help others within the school environment or amongst the wider community.

People arriving at the Hall were again welcomed by the engaging and enthusiastic performance from Bradworthy Academy Choir and Band which set the tone for the whole evening. Proceedings were then opened by the Chairperson of Holsworthy & Rural CATS, Adelaine Chandler, who welcomed everybody and gave a brief overview of the year’s activities including, of course, CATS’ opportunity to re-open Holsworthy Youth Centre (together with Holsworthy Community Property Trust). CATS volunteers now run the Youth Club every Tuesday afternoon from 3:15 to 5:15 for years 6-9 and from 5:30 to 8pm for years 10-11 and this has continued to grow in popularity since re-opening the doors in April this year.

Ms Chandler then introduced the VIPs who had kindly come along to present the awards: Mr Barry Parsons, Devon County Councillor for Holsworthy Rural and Torridge District Councillor, Mrs Denise May MBE, who is co-founder of CATS, Mr Liam Dart, the Manager of Holsworthy FC and Superintendent Andrew Munday, who has taken over from Superintendent Michelle Slevin, one of CATS’ long-standing supporters, on her retirement from the force.

Two of the young volunteers instrumental in the re-opening of the Youth Club, Sarah Ross and T-Jay Acres, themselves award-winners, next took the stage as comperes for the evening. Then began the presentation of awards to 99 of our young people (aged this year from 10 to 24 years) who have been responsible for an amazing variety of impressive acts and activities. These include many fund-raising efforts, sometimes single-handed and sometimes involving many of our youngsters, raising money for a variety of community projects and charities. Of course the Long House project featured large in these awards, as it is very important to Holsworthy and surrounding areas.

Young people were also rewarded who have helped make a difference to their school by their actions and also for sports coaching; also youngsters taking on increasingly responsible roles within Beavers and Scouts, thereby developing their skills for life.

We are all familiar with the sight of our Army Cadets featuring large at every Town occasion and it was good to see so many of them rewarded for their efforts, also those from the Rock Solid group who help the community in many ways including friendship teas with older people.

Many youngsters from Ashwater Community Steel Band were also included for their continued commitment to the community and for their fund-raising efforts.

During a short interval those assembled were brilliantly entertained by a local band, 180◦. The band was formed whilst the members attended Bradworthy Academy and has gone from strength to strength since the group have moved to Holsworthy Community College.

At the end of the proceedings refreshments prepared by volunteers including ever enthusiastic and well known members of our local police force were served and the raffle was drawn. Many prizes had been donated by organisations ranging from the Exeter Chiefs (the rugby ball and match tickets were very popular!) to a ride on the Dartmoor Railway’s Polar Express ride and the raffle raised over £250 for the Holsworthy Sports Pavilion Project.

Altogether a very enjoyable occasion to celebrate our inspiring youngsters!

Holsworthy & Rural CATS would like to thank everyone who supported the event and helped to make it a success – especially those who gave their time or donated awards / raffle prizes!

Click Awards booklet 2015 FINAL to see details of ALL the Award WINNERS and those who supported the event!



Fire / PCSO fun at Holsworthy Youth Club

On Tuesday 3rd November 2015 Holsworthy Youth Club was visited by Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service and several of the local PCSOs and the young people had LOTS of fun!


The Fire Engine was on hand for the young people to explore

The PCSOs were on hand to take fingerprints and issue stickers to the young people who enjoyed getting their hands dirty.


The Fire Service staff were even able to stick around for a game or two of pool with some of the young people

In the later session, Chef Lewis cooked up a treat and kept the volunteers and other young people well fed with his pasta dish


There was some DANCE OFF action too as the local PCSOs were put to the test


The young people also enjoyed trying the uniform on for size – perhaps we have some budding PCSOs on our hands!


Many thanks to the Fire and PCSO staff who made this session possible – you are welcome back anytime!

Press from Holsworthy Town Council NEWSLETTER

Word of the fantastic efforts of the volunteer led Holsworthy & Rural CATS Community Branch spreads – there is a great write up in the Town Newsletter (on page 20) about Holsworthy & Rural CATS working in partnership with Holsworthy Community Property Trust to re-open and run the Youth Centre.

There is also a great write up on the upcoming 2015 Holsworthy & Rural CATS Awards Evening on page 35!


Safeguarding & Child Protection Training

On Saturday 31st October 2015, Holsworthy & Rural CATS held a Safeguarding and Child Protection training session for volunteers who support their work with young people at Holsworthy Youth Centre.

Volunteers were able to attend the session FREE of charge and undertake training designed to help them understand this sensitive issue. The Group 2 training session was led by CATS Trustee and Safeguarding Lead – Richard Mckie.

Feedback from the volunteers who attended included –

“Very approachable and easily understood course”

“I feel I have a good understanding of basic safeguarding”



Half Term FUN at Holsworthy Youth Club

The Volunteers associated with Holsworthy & Rural CATS decided to hold a special HALF TERM session on Tuesday 27th October 2015 – the session ran from 2pm until 6pm and was hosted to allow young people the chance to progress their carnival float and to give them an opportunity to meet up with friends and interact in a safe space.


A large number of community Volunteers turned out to make this session possible and fun for the young people


Work to progress the ‘Great British Bake Off’ carnival float went well and the young people had LOTS of great ideas!

The arts and craft area was overrun with giant cupcakes and cardboard cookers and toasters!


The weather was on our side too, which gave some of the young people the chance to get outside and start a NEW project.

Youth Club sessions run at Holsworthy Youth Centre EVERY Tuesday from 3:15 – 5:15 for those in Years 6 – 9 and then again from 5:30 – 8PM for those in Years 10 – 11. There are lots of activities on offer and the volunteers work hard to ensure that sessions are fun and inclusive.

If you would like to learn more about Holsworthy & Rural CATS and their work at Holsworthy Youth Centre, please contact Karen on 01288 488086 or via

If you want to VOLUNTEER to support young people in the Holsworthy area – why not volunteer at the Youth Centre and help us continue youth provision in the area?


Holsworthy & Rural CATS Awards 2015

Holsworthy & Rural CATS are hosting their 2015 Awards Evening on Friday 20th November at Holsworthy Memorial Hall.

This evening is an opportunity to recognise and reward young people (aged 5 – 25), from the local area, for their positive community action (volunteer work). Young people can be recognised and rewarded for ANY kind of volunteer work, it does NOT have to be sport related.

Any community member can nominate a young person to receive recognition and reward at this event. The CLOSING DATE for nominations is 23rd October 2015.

Nomination forms can be collected from Holsworthy Youth Centre each Tuesday or are available via local schools and youth groups. Alternatively, you can email to request a form.

If you know a young person who deserves recognition – NOMINATE THEM NOW!

Holsworthy & Rural CATS awarded Councillor Community Grant

Holsworthy & Rural CATS have sent us the following update –

More great news – Holsworthy & Rural CATS has been awarded a Councillor Community grant by Torridge District Council via Ian Parker towards the cost of art supplies for the Youth Club during the coming year.  Art and craft is proving a very popular activity with our young people and we are extremely appreciative of the help from Torridge.


New Equipment for Holsworthy Youth Club

Exciting news, Holsworthy & Rural CATS has now taken delivery of two shiny new laptops and a printer for the Youth Club, courtesy of a Locality Budget grant from Devon County Council via our good friend Barry Parsons who has played such a large part in helping us get this project off the ground.

We’re sure the young people will be vying to take advantage of the new equipment when we return to our normal hours on Tuesday.

Very many thanks!


Holsworthy Social Club support Holsworthy Youth Club

Holsworthy & Rural CATS would like to take this opportunity to THANK Holsworthy Social Club for recently arranging to re-cover the pool table at Holsworthy Youth Club – the table was looking very tired and past its best but now looks brand new. The young people couldn’t wait to try it out once the work was done.

Thank you to Holsworthy Social Club for this support – it is much appreciated!



NEW Facebook page for Holsworthy Youth Club

Volunteers from Holsworthy & Rural CATS have set up a NEW Facebook page specifically for Holsworthy Youth Club

This is a great way for you to keep up to date with what is happening at the Youth Club and interact with the volunteers from Holsworthy & Rural CATS who run the Youth Club sessions. Be sure to check out their page and give them a ‘LIKE’

A link to the page can be found below –


2015 Holsworthy & Rural CATS Awards

Holsworthy & Rural CATS have set the date for their 2015 Awards Evening.

This inspirational event will take place on 20th November 2015 at Holsworthy Memorial Hall.

The Awards Evening will be an opportunity to promote, recognise and reward local young people (aged 5 – 25) for their positive community action (volunteer work).

Further details about how you can nominate a young person will follow in due course but for now, start thinking about any young people you know that are involved with volunteer work and be sure to nominate them just as soon as you have all the necessary information!

Holsworthy & Rural CATS AGM – 15.07.15

Holsworthy & Rural CATS have set the date for their 2015 AGM

The AGM will take place on 15.07.15 at 7pm and will be held at Holsworthy Youth Centre.

If you are interested in supporting Holsworthy & Rural CATS or would like to attend the AGM, please register your interest with Karen via 01288 488086 or

The Fun continues at Holsworthy Youth Centre!

Take a look at some of these pictures of the young people making good use of and enjoying Holsworthy Youth Centre on 2nd June 2015


The young people certainly enjoyed making pizzas in the kitchen area – they enjoyed eating them and sharing them with friends too!


Much fun was also had in the DJ Booth


and as you can see, the young people put the pool table to good use too!

The centre is looking great at the moment and the young people are enjoying having somewhere fun and safe to go where they can meet up with friends and socialise but also where they can take part in fun activities.

Sessions run EVERY Tuesday from 3;15 – 515 for those aged 11 – 13 and then again from 5:30 – 8pm for those aged 14 – 16.

Why not come along and bring a friend?


Cash for your Community Scheme

Do you want to help Holsworthy & Rural CATS receive a greater share of £25,000 to help support their work at Holsworthy Youth Centre?

If the answer is YES, please help us!

Holsworthy & Rural CATS have been shortlisted as one of 43 charities to receive a share of £25,000 as part of the Cash for your Community scheme being run by North Devon Journal.

From 14th May – 28th May, every Thursday, North Devon Journal will be printing tokens for the charities shortlisted – the more tokens we collect, the more funding we will receive – we stand to receive anything from £450 – £2,500

Please buy the North Devon Journal and collect the tokens for Holsworthy & Rural CATS. We will issue instructions of how to get them to us in due course but you could drop them off at Holsworthy Youth Centre on a Tuesday from 3:15 – 8pm.

Please ask friends and family to do the same and help spread the word!

Many thanks in advance


Holsworthy Youth Centre goes from strength to strength

Holsworthy & Rural CATS are delighted to report that the Youth Centre is going from strength to strength.

Having re-opened on 21.04.15 we are thrilled that the number of young people attending the centre is steadily growing – we are regularly seeing 20 -25 young people in the 3:15 – 5:15 session (for those aged 11 – 13) and 5 – 10 young people in the 5:30 – 8pm session (for those aged 14 – 16)

Young people are enjoying the use of the centre itself – especially the kitchen area and have been enjoying cooking and eating lots of great food. Young people have been helping to make, sell and eat paninis, pancakes and much more.

On 12.05.15 we even had some feathered visitors at the centre, they were made very welcome by the young people!





In the future we plan to add more activities to our Youth Centre offer and will keep you posted when new things are introduced.

A FUNDING Steering Group has been formed and will meet on 22.06.15 to explore funding to support the future of the Youth Centre.

For more information about the Youth Centre or Holsworthy & Rural CATS, please contact Karen on 01288 488086


Holsworthy Youth Centre is back OPEN!

Take a look at this write up from The North Devon Journal following the RE-OPENING of Holsworthy Youth Centre on Tuesday 21st April 2015

Holsworthy Youth Centre RE-OPENS!

Watch this space for further updates BUT……. Holsworthy & Rural CATS are planning to RE-OPEN Holsworthy Youth Centre on TUESDAY 21ST APRIL 2015.

This is subject to all final paperwork being in place by this time.

Initially Holsworthy & Rural CATS plan to open the Centre on Tuesdays from 3:15 – 5:15 for those aged 11 – 13 and then from 5:30 – 8pm for those aged 14 – 16

Come along and see what is on offer!

Holsworthy & Rural CATS will need continued VOLUNTEER support to make this a success – if you want more information or to get involved, please contact Karen on 01288 488086 or via


Volunteer Induction Session Planned

In advance of opening the doors to Holsworthy Youth Centre, Holsworthy & Rural CATS are planning a Volunteer Induction Session at Holsworthy Youth Centre on TUESDAY 14TH APRIL 2015 from 6pm – 9pm

If you want to support Holsworthy Youth Centre in the future and want to help continue Youth Provision in the area, please contact come along to this event.

Community Clean Up Day – Holsworthy Youth Centre Sat 11.04.15

Holsworthy & Rural CATS are working hard, together with Holsworthy Community Property Trust, to get the Youth Centre back OPEN!

A Community Clean Up Day is taking place at the Youth Centre on Saturday 11th April 2015 from 10am onwards.

Please do come along and help us get the Youth Centre ready to re-open its doors to local young people. If you do intend to come along, please wear comfortable clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty.

For more information, contact Karen on 01288 488086 or via


Youth Centre Questionnaire responses are NOW IN!

Holsworthy & Rural CATS were delighted with the number of responses to their Youth Centre questionnaire and have been busy evaluating the data collected from local young people.

Young people were asked to provide information about the type of activities/service they would like to be able to access at the Youth Centre in the future and were also asked about opening times and days.

Questionnaires were made available to local young people via Holsworthy Community College, local clubs and other local colleges.

Responses from those aged 11 – 12 highlighted an interest in access to Cookery sessions while those aged 16+ highlighted an interest in Music. All those who responded highlighted a need for a safe place to go to hang out and socialise with friends.

Pool, Table Tennis, Football and Basketball were also very popular activity responses.

Holsworthy & Rural CATS plan to use this data to inform their initial Youth Provision offer at the Youth Centre.

Holsworthy & Rural CATS team up with Holsworthy Community Property Trust to spearhead a community initiative to re-open Holsworthy Youth Centre

Holsworthy & Rural CATS have now formed a working partnership with Holsworthy Property Trust in order to continue to progress a community initiative to re-open Holsworthy Youth Centre and to continue Youth Provision in the area.

Further to the Volunteer Sign Up Event that took place at the Youth Centre on 16.02.15, a further Volunteer DBS session was held in Holsworthy on 10.03.15. NEW Volunteers attended in order to complete the DBS check process with CATS staff. Karen Hemmings, Project Development Manager for CATS was delighted with the turnout and was able to complete the DBS process for all who had indicated attendance.

Funding has been secured from Devon County Council to support the costs associated with these Volunteer DBS checks


Thank you

Holsworthy & Rural CATS committee and CATS staff would like to Thank all of the VOLUNTEERS, old and new, who attended the Volunteer Sign Up Event on 16.02.15 at Holsworthy Youth Centre.

We were delighted with the response and thrilled to meet so many community minded people, including many young people (some past users of the Youth Centre), all keen to volunteer their time to ensure that others can benefit from continued Youth Provision in Holsworthy.

Holsworthy & Rural CATS are currently busy issuing and evaluating questionnaires to the young people in the area so that they are given the opportunity to shape a Pilot Project of Youth Provision at the Youth Centre. It is hoped that all the data will have been collected by the end of February 2015 with a view to informing the Pilot Project which we hope will commence in April 2015.

A meeting is planned between CATS and Holsworthy Property Trust (who have taken on management of the Youth Centre) on 03.03.15.

Further updates will follow – watch this space!

Can you help SAVE Holsworthy Youth Centre?

Holsworthy & Rural CATS are busy supporting a NEW Community Initiative to SAVE Holsworthy Youth Centre and local Youth Service Provision in the area. Please look at the below and offer your support / assistance if you are able to do so!



2014 CATS Awards

Friday evening (21.11.14) at Holsworthy Memorial Hall saw the third annual Awards Ceremony for Holsworthy & Rural CATS (Community Action Through Sport).
CATS encourages young people to get actively involved with our community and rewards them for their positive actions – often small but important actions which may otherwise slip through unnoticed and unremarked except by those immediately involved.  The rewards are all sports or healthy–living based and are generously donated to us by local sports providers.
Through our Diversionary and Young People’s Projects we aim to offer new opportunities, skills and confidence-building to young people in the Holsworthy and Rural area.
The evening was a great success for all concerned but especially for the 84 young people and their parents and sponsors.  We were royally entertained at the start and during the proceedings by the splendid Bradworthy Primary Academy choir who sang with great skill and a professionalism belying their youth.  The evening was opened by welcoming words from our local chairperson, Adelaine Chandler.  The nominees were then presented with their certificates and sports awards by our VIPs – David Fitzsimmons, Head of Holsworthy Community College, Denise May MBE, Co-Founder of CATS, Barry Parson, Devon County Councillor for Holsworthy Rural and the Torridge District Councillor for Forrest, Superintendent Michele Slevin of the Devon & Cornwall Police and recently appointed as a Trustee to CATS and Liam Dart, the new Manager of Holsworthy AFC who was named Community Leisure & Football Coach FA Grassroots National Coach of the Year 2012.
In addition we were pleased to welcome police volunteers Jenny Hawksworth and Mike Jackson.  They all gave brief but very encouraging and congratulatory talks to the audience of youngsters who have contributed positively to our community over the past year with a wealth of different activities and personal endeavours far too numerous and varied to mention but ranging from helping elderly neighbours, providing Friendship Teas to their community, to providing marshalling and first aid services at all the local events such as the Holsworthy Show  and various spectacular fund-raising activities including a sponsored hair-cut and climbing Mount Snowdon!
Nominations for the amazing youngsters were received from many and varied organisations, schools and individuals, among them Rock Solid, St John Ambulance, Army Cadets and the Ashwater Steel Band.
The evening ended with refreshments provided by our band of willing volunteers, not least by our friends from the police with whom we work very closely.  Whilst the feast was being consumed by all concerned the raffle was drawn – due to the amazing generosity of local businesses, theme parks and the like, this took rather some time, but raised a very successful sum towards continuing the work of CATS Holsworthy & Rural.
Our thanks go to everybody concerned and now we’re looking forward to a busy year; one of the projects with which Holsworthy & Rural CATS hopes to be involved is the exciting new scheme where a fantastic opportunity has been created offering the community the chance to re-open the Youth Centre in Sladdons Lane and run it themselves.  This will rely heavily on support from the local community in all sorts of ways, from helping to man the Youth Centre to cutting the grass, so we’re hoping our young people will not only benefit from the Youth Centre but, through CATS, be instrumental in the organisation and running of the project.
We’re already looking forward to next year’s Awards Ceremony as the dedication, commitment and ingenuity of our young people never ceases to amaze and inspire us!
From Holsworthy and Rural CATS

2014 Awards Evening Date CONFIRMED

Holsworthy & Rural CATS have now CONFIRMED the date for their 2014 Awards Evening.

This exciting event will take place on 21st November 2014 at Holsworthy Memorial Hall, Holsworthy

Holsworthy & Rural CATS are keen to draw attention to the NEW Electronic Nomination Form which we hope will make the nomination process easier. So, if you know a young person (aged 5 – 25) in the Holsworthy or Rural area, who deserves recognition for their positive community action – be sure to NOMINATE them NOW!

Click the link to access the NEW Holsworthy & Rural CATS 2014 Nomination Form

For more information about the 2014 Awards Evening please contact or 01288 488086

2014 Holsworthy & Rural CATS Awards Evening

Holsworthy & Rural CATS are already busy planning their 2014 Awards Evening!

They plan for the evening to take place in November 2014 but are keen to draw attention to the NEW Electronic Nomination Form which we hope will make the nomination process easier. So, if you know a young person (aged 5 – 25) in the Holsworthy or Rural area, who deserves recognition for their positive community action – be sure to NOMINATE them NOW!

Click the link to access the NEW Holsworthy & Rural CATS 2014 Nomination Form

Holsworthy & Rural CATS AGM 2014

Holsworthy & Rural CATS are holding their 2014 AGM on Thursday 17th July at 7pm in the Market Hall, Holsworthy

Please email for more information or to confirm your attendance at this AGM

Volunteers/Additional Committee Members sought!

Holsworthy & Rural CATS are an exciting and successful CATS Branch – they want to see their impact on the community grow and as such are looking to recruit new volunteers/committee members to assist with and support their activities.

In 2013 Holsworthy & Rural CATS ran their second ever CATS Awards Evening at which they recognised and rewarded a total of 125 Young People for their positive community action. 2013 was a busy year for Holsworthy & Rural CATS and saw then run their first ever CATS Sports Diversionary scheme, they chose to run a Street Paddler scheme which enabled a group of 8 Young People to gain a sporting qualification whilst also learning valuable life skills and working towards a cooking award in conjunction with Holsworthy Youth Centre prior to their kayaking/canoeing sessions. At their 2012 CATS Awards evening, their FIRST ever CATS Awards Evening, the Holsworthy & Rural CATS Branch recognised a total of 105 Young People for their positive community action.

If you would like to get involved with and support the activities of this successful and exciting CATS Branch then please contact for further information.


CATS Award Winners enjoy their reward

Check out this article to see some of the Holsworthy & Rural CATS Award winners enjoying their reward


Holsworthy & Rural CATS Awards 2013

Friday 22nd November 2013 was an inspiring night in Holsworthy – Holsworthy & Rural CATS held their annual CATS Awards Evening, an event designed to promote, recognise and reward young people from the Holsworthy area for their positive community action!

The Holsworthy & Rural CATS committee worked hard to ensure that the Awards Evening was a success and enjoyable for all that attended, there was much buttering of sandwiches and preparing of refreshments in advance of the start of the evening, not to mention all the work that took place behind the scenes during the build up to the event; sending out nomination forms, sourcing rewards, organising entertainment, inviting VIPs etc. etc.

The Awards Evening was held at Holsworthy Memorial Hall and included some fabulous entertainment from Ashwater Steel Band. VIP presenters included Barry Parsons – Councillor for Holsworthy Rural, Denise May MBE – Co-Founder of CATS, Police Inspector Andy Brooks, Kevin Nancekivell – Plymouth Argyle Coach and David Fitzsimmons – Principal of Holsworthy Community College.

Some 125 young people from the Holsworthy & Rural area were recognised and rewarded on the night for their involvement in positive community action such as fundraising, volunteering and assisting with community events.

It is great to see and recognise / reward such inspiring and positive young people!



Check out the link below to see some of the press the Holsworthy & Rural CATS Branch have received following their Awards Evening – take strides for community with CATS



Holsworthy & Rural CATS COMPLETE their 2013 Street Paddler scheme

Holsworthy & Rural CATS have now completed their 2013 Street Paddler scheme – run by Outdoor Adventure. This was the first CATS Sports Diversionary scheme that the Holsworthy & Rural CATS Branch had run and was a resounding success. The scheme was run over 8 sessions held on Bude canal and saw eight of the participants gain a paddle power qualification as well as valuable life skills.


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Staff from Outdoor Adventure commented that they had seen “the young people clearly improve physically, socially, morally, spiritually and cognitively throughout the course. It was a clearly different group of students that left the course at the end.”

Holsworthy PCSOs supported the Street Paddler scheme throughout with PCSO Raquel Rowe commenting that the scheme was a “great success, the children participated very well in the scheme. The majority of them, in the beginning had never tried kayaking or canoeing before and some of them were very reluctant. It was amazing to see how they improved and became more confident.”

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Prep re Holsworthy & Rural CATS Awards 2013!

The Holsworthy & Rural CATS committee are busy planning their 2013 CATS Awards Evening. They held their FIRST ever CATS Awards Evening in December 2012 and is was a huge success and an inspirational night!

The 2013 Holsworthy & Rural CATS Awards Evening will be an opportunity to promote, recognise and reward young people from Holsworthy and the surrounding rural areas for their positive community action. The Holsworthy & Rural CATS committee are busy planning entertainment for the night and sorting VIPs to present the Awards to the young people.

The 2013 Holsworthy & Rural CATS Awards Evening will take place on Friday 22nd November at Holsworthy Memorial Hall – 7pm start.

If you know of a young person from Holsworthy, or the surrounding rural areas, who deserves to be recognised and rewarded for their positive community action then click here for a CATS Nomination Form

All COMPLETED Nomination Forms should be returned to the below address by NO LATER than 25.10.13

Holsworthy & Rural CATS Branch, C/O Holsworthy Community College, Victoria Hill, Holsworthy, Devon, EX22 6JD

If you would like to get involved with this event and support the committee then please contact them via




Holsworthy & Rural CATS start their 2013 Street Paddler sessions!

Holsworthy & Rural CATS have now started their 2013 Street Paddler sessions, the first one was held on 11.09.13 at Bude canal in conjunction with the team at Outdoor Adventure.

CATS staff went along and snapped some of the action –




The weather wasn’t very kind for their first session but we hope to be able to add more pictures and updates from the sessions as they progress!


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Check out this link to some press coverage Holsowrthy & Rural CATS managed to secure about their recent Street Paddler TASTER session and their plans for the full scheme in September!



Holsworthy & Rural CATS held a Street Paddler TASTER session on 23.07.13, in advance of them running a full 8 week Street Paddler Scheme in September 2013!

A group of 18 young people were invited to participate in a fun Street Paddler TASTER session in order to introduce them to kayaking and canoeing.


Getting Started

Getting Started

The Taster session was run in conjunction with Outdoor Adventure and allowed the young people the chance to have maximum fun while building confidence on the water. It was a great way to introduce the young people to a new sport and skill set while also giving them the chance to see if they would like to be involved with the full scheme in September.

Gaining Confidence!

Gaining Confidence!

CATS UK staff were lucky enough to be able to attend the session, which was also well supported by Holsworthy & Rural CATS committee members – including PCSOs.

From the 18 young people invited to attend the TASTER session, 12 will be selected to participate in the full Street Paddler Scheme which is due to commence on 11th September 2013.

Testing balance while building confidence & working as a team!

Testing balance while building confidence & working as a team!

As part of the Street Paddler scheme the young people will be given the chance to work towards BCU qualifications while learning valuable life skills and developing positive relationships with adults in authority.

Trust your team!

Trust your team!

Holsworthy Rural CATS, in association with Devon Youth Service and Holsworthy Youth Centre, are offering an added extra as part of their FIRST ever Sports Diversionary scheme.

The young people participating in Street Paddler will also be given the chance to gain a cooking award. Cooking sessions will be run at Holsworthy Youth Centre just prior to the young people being brought over to Bude for more water based activities. This will mean the young people will arrive at the Street Paddler session well fed and ready to burn off some calories. It will also give the young people the chance to develop a whole other set of life skills.

Making the long paddle home

Making the long paddle home


CATS UK are looking forward to the start of the scheme in September and hope to be able to attend at least one session if not more so keep checking here for updates and more pictures of the fun!





Holsworthy & Rural CATS AGM Update

Holsworthy & Rural CATS held their FIRST AGM on 17.07.13.

CATS UK attended and were very impressed by all the efforts and hard work of the Committee over the last 12 months. Congratulations to all the Holsworthy & Rural CATS team for making this CATS Branch possible.

CATS UK were pleased to see some new faces at the AGM, including faces from Devon Youth Service and Waitrose. We hope that further additional committee support can be sought for this CATS Branch so that it can continue to support the community. If you are interested in finding out more about Holsworthy & Rural CATS or supporting the activities of this CATS Branch then please email

Following the success of their FIRST CATS Awards Evening (held on 07.12.12), which saw 105 young people recognised and rewarded for their positive community action, Holsworthy & Rural CATS are planning another CATS Awards Evening in November 2013!

If you know of a young person from the Holsworthy (or surrounding rural) area who deserves to be recognised and rewarded for their positive community action then just click here…. CATS Nomination Form to nominate them.



Holsworthy & Rural CATS will be running their FIRST Sports Diversionary scheme in 2013. Street Paddler will be making an appearance in September 2013 BUT first Holsworthy & Rural CATS will be holding a Street Paddler taster session, in conjunction with Outdoor Adventure, on 23.07.13

CATS UK are looking forward to attending and sharing some picture with you!

Holsworthy Community Fun Day – 24th May 2013

Holsworthy CATS are planning to have a presence at the Holsworthy Community Fun Day being held on Friday 24th May 2013 at Holsworthy Primary School. The Fun Day will run from 2:30pm – 4:30pm. If you want to know more about Holsworhty CATS and how you can support and assist them with their activities or get involved then why not pop along and have a chat!


 Holsworthy & Rural CATS Awards 2012

Holsworthy & Rural CATS held their first ever annual awards evening on Friday 7th December 2012 at Holsworthy Memorial Hall. CATS UK staff and our co-founder Denise May MBE were lucky enough to be able to attend and experience a wonderful evening.

The work undertaken by the young people being rewarded was very inspirational and it was great to see them receive the recognition they deserve. In total 105 young people were rewarded, for their positive work/contributions to the community, with sports or healthy living rewards donated by many local providers.

Superintendent Michelle Slevin of Devon and Cornwall Police presented some of the young people with certificates on the night and used the following quote by Joel A. Barker to express how she felt about the actions she had seen recognised on the night

“Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world”

Huge thanks to all the Holsworthy and Rural CATS Committee who worked so hard to make the night a success and also to Studio Southwest who took all of the official photographs on the night, including the shot below – CATS UK are already looking forward to your 2013 Awards Evening!




Holsworthy & Rural CATS launch

Take a look at this link for images and details of the great publicity Holsworthy & Rural CATS were able to get surrounding their Branch Launch – well done guys! scheme launched in Holsworthy


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