What’s our purpose?
How do we achieve it?
Originally founded in Northampton, our work has expanded the facilitate youth work across the UK. This looks different across all our sites. We have a charitable youth association (
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NAYC & ACUK
What’s our history?
We’ve been supporting youth groups across Northamptonshire since 1961. We have pioneered opportunities for young people;
Why are we passionate about releasing potential in young people?
The motivation of our work springs from the personal faith of the staff; a love of God issuing in
Our Founding Principles
1. The motivation of our work springs from the personal faith of the staff. A love of God issuing a love for others.
2. The aims and objectives of our work are to serve young people and their needs rather than a mission to win their allegiance. To serve in Christ’s name all kinds of young people and not to be restrictive or exclusive. To serve in a completely open and secular setting.
3. Our aim has not been to ‘preach or convert’ but to serve and help. To achieve this we have had to provide ‘tools to do a job’. Our job is clear to us – the tools we have provided are services and centres. Attitudes often alienate adults from the young and create a generation gap. We have tried to offer, through service, centres and staff ‘un-judging friendship’, ‘non-judgemental attitudes’, ‘accepting love’, to create a bridge over the gap.
4. Our methods of fundraising. To depend, wherever possible, on direct giving rather than on money raising methods, for two reasons, (i) to set an example to the young people we seek to serve and lead, and (ii) to relieve our staff from time-consuming efforts, so that they can devote their time and energies to the real job in hand.
5. Faith. There has always been a deep element of faith throughout the life of the Association. A faith in people and a faith in God. A faith to believe that if something is needed and it is right and action is taken provision will be made for that something.
6. Responding to the need. The Association’s work has developed through an awareness of need and attempting to do something about meeting that need, often in cooperation with others.
7. The function of the staff. The Association has endeavored, over the years to appoint men and women to its staff who are committed to the Christian way of life and who feel a sense of dedication to their job. It has been found that then they can be trusted to get on with their job, with support and guidance.
8. The right kind of support. The Association has been blessed through the years with a Board that invested trust in the appointed full-time staff, who have filled a role of being supportive, encouraging and constructive in their guidance. This has been one of the main strengths of the Association.
The Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs (NAYC) was launched.
Harry Whittaker was appointed to initiate the work of Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs.
Action Centres UK Ltd formed to help advance our Activity Centres for the benefit of our young people.
King’s Park Conference Centre opens in Northampton. This creates a brand new HQ for NAYC too!
Whitemoor Lakes is completed overlooking a stunning lake near Lichfield.