The Hive? It’s a place to learn, not a youth club

MENTORS: From left, Silvia Gevac, Scott Riches, Christopher Fossey, Emma Brown and Kelly Leach at the Hive.

MENTORS: From left, Silvia Gevac, Scott Riches, Christopher Fossey, Emma Brown and Kelly Leach at the Hive.

First published in News

EIGHT students from the University of Worcester have embarked on a new mentoring initiative to try to curb misbehaviour by young people at the Hive.

The students provide mentoring for young people, offering a range of activities including ICT, dance and video-making skills, with the aim of helping them focus and develop their interests, needs and aspirations, using resources available at the Hive and the wider community.

The mentoring project came about after parents said they were reluctant to use the Hive at peak periods, such as Saturdays, due to a large number of teenagers gathering in or around the centre, as highlighted by your Worcester News recently.

In a bid to stop young people disturbing others, students started working at the Hive all day on Saturdays, as well as on Wednesday and Friday afternoons, with increased hours during school holidays.

Project worker Scott Riches said: “There was a culture where youths were using the building as a youth club and our role is to make them see that the Hive is a place of learning and to help them get the most out of it.”

Dozens of young people each week have been involved with the project, launched in November last year, linking with partners such as Wor- cester Community Trust and Worcester College of Technology.

Kate Thackeray, leader of the scheme, a lecturer in youth and community studies at the university, said: “We are keen to promote to young people that the Hive is not a youth club but a place of learning.

“Over the months that the project has been running, the team has made some excellent progress with developing relationships with young people, delivering one-off events and establishing project work.”

Mentor Jennifer Ebanks said: “We are engaging with young people and diffusing any challenging behaviour.”

Student Julianne Cook said: “Behaviour has really improved in the Hive since the launch of the scheme and we will continue to make sure everybody benefits from this facility.”

Teen politician Robert Brewer said recent reports of teenagers and groups of older children driving families away from the city centre building were unfair. The 17-year-old Worcestershire Youth Cabinet member said he had encountered intimidation from older users of the university and public library.

He said: “I regularly visit the Hive and have as much right to do that as anyone.

“The majority of young people who use the Hive are well behaved.

“I accept there are some who aren’t but you get that anywhere.

“There are a lot of projects targeting youngsters there.

“I’m not surprised many people use it, it’s a great building.”

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6:46pm Wed 24 Apr 13

CJH says...

Well done! I hope none of the usual petty minded whingers find reason to denigrate this effort.
Well done! I hope none of the usual petty minded whingers find reason to denigrate this effort. CJH
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7:20pm Wed 24 Apr 13

pinkfluff says...

Agreed. To many just want to sit back and complain. I'm pleased these students are trying to address the issue in a really positive way.
Agreed. To many just want to sit back and complain. I'm pleased these students are trying to address the issue in a really positive way. pinkfluff
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12:33am Thu 25 Apr 13

drbeat says...

And Karl Marx himself would be proud of the leftie student effort!

Unfortunately, The Hive is Socialism at it's worse! Waste of money, waste of time and a monument to the Bliar/Broon socialist experiment!

So you want to fix the misbehaviour at The Skive? Easy, take the Right approach = a clip round the ear! If that doesn't work then immediate arrest by the cops followed by a weeks hard labour on the fields of Worcestershire!

As usual, Socialism is running out of other people's money...so numpty students are now doing Socialisms work for nowt???
And Karl Marx himself would be proud of the leftie student effort! Unfortunately, The Hive is Socialism at it's worse! Waste of money, waste of time and a monument to the Bliar/Broon socialist experiment! So you want to fix the misbehaviour at The Skive? Easy, take the Right approach = a clip round the ear! If that doesn't work then immediate arrest by the cops followed by a weeks hard labour on the fields of Worcestershire! As usual, Socialism is running out of other people's money...so numpty students are now doing Socialisms work for nowt??? drbeat
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12:39am Thu 25 Apr 13

CJH says...

drbeat wrote:
And Karl Marx himself would be proud of the leftie student effort!

Unfortunately, The Hive is Socialism at it's worse! Waste of money, waste of time and a monument to the Bliar/Broon socialist experiment!

So you want to fix the misbehaviour at The Skive? Easy, take the Right approach = a clip round the ear! If that doesn't work then immediate arrest by the cops followed by a weeks hard labour on the fields of Worcestershire!

As usual, Socialism is running out of other people's money...so numpty students are now doing Socialisms work for nowt???
Ah! A petty minded whinger. Must be spring.
[quote][p][bold]drbeat[/bold] wrote: And Karl Marx himself would be proud of the leftie student effort! Unfortunately, The Hive is Socialism at it's worse! Waste of money, waste of time and a monument to the Bliar/Broon socialist experiment! So you want to fix the misbehaviour at The Skive? Easy, take the Right approach = a clip round the ear! If that doesn't work then immediate arrest by the cops followed by a weeks hard labour on the fields of Worcestershire! As usual, Socialism is running out of other people's money...so numpty students are now doing Socialisms work for nowt???[/p][/quote]Ah! A petty minded whinger. Must be spring. CJH
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8:26am Thu 25 Apr 13

gaillewisbraznell says...

Another petty minded whinger speaking out.

I attended the hive to research a book i,m writing.

My complaints are it was very noisy, with one couple arguing about having no money to put in their electricity meter,a business man arranging his company schedule on the telephone, most of the computers were being used by people on social media and gangs of students congregating as if in a local pub.

All extremely distracting when you are trying to read information in order to choose the right books.

There was also limited books on the transgender genre I was looking for.

Credit where credit is due though the staff were very helpful.
Another petty minded whinger speaking out. I attended the hive to research a book i,m writing. My complaints are it was very noisy, with one couple arguing about having no money to put in their electricity meter,a business man arranging his company schedule on the telephone, most of the computers were being used by people on social media and gangs of students congregating as if in a local pub. All extremely distracting when you are trying to read information in order to choose the right books. There was also limited books on the transgender genre I was looking for. Credit where credit is due though the staff were very helpful. gaillewisbraznell
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9:20am Thu 25 Apr 13

imustbeoldiwearacap says...

The fact that that peculiar race - "the teenager" has nowhere else to go other than the Hive, just shows the dearth of facilities and activities available in Worcester! What do you want them to do - hang round street corners? This initiative is what was needed and if some of the whingers would actually get off their respective *rses and help, then the problem might be resolved!
The fact that that peculiar race - "the teenager" has nowhere else to go other than the Hive, just shows the dearth of facilities and activities available in Worcester! What do you want them to do - hang round street corners? This initiative is what was needed and if some of the whingers would actually get off their respective *rses and help, then the problem might be resolved! imustbeoldiwearacap
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12:59pm Thu 25 Apr 13

Vertis says...

imustbeoldiwearacap wrote:
The fact that that peculiar race - "the teenager" has nowhere else to go other than the Hive, just shows the dearth of facilities and activities available in Worcester! What do you want them to do - hang round street corners? This initiative is what was needed and if some of the whingers would actually get off their respective *rses and help, then the problem might be resolved!
Hmm..

We have Many groups (at least 6) such as Scouts, ATC etc.

A skate park at perdiswell

2 award winning parks, with many other local ones

A race-course in the city center

An arts work shop

Many private youth clubs such as YBC, Model painting etc

A youth archaeology scheme

2 cinemas, 2 bowling alleys, enough McDonalds for a small country, Shops that run hobbies such as Games Workshop

Sports Clubs

The list is endless...

Nobody is saying youths shouldnt be there, ofcourse they are welcome, but its also no excuse for their behaviour.....shouti
ng, swearing, arguing, the last time I went in one boys hand was firmly within his girlfriends underwear whilst I was looking for a DVD for my young son. If they cannot use common-sense that such behaviour is unacceptable and stop it in such a place then unfortunately preventative measures are needed, especially when they do have areas to retreat to if they feel the need to be 'loutish' at a certain time.

What the Uni Students are doing here is brilliant and cannot thank them enough for that service, it really is nice to see the Uni getting involved in their share of the Hive's responsibility...now just the council's to do their part and meet in the middle some where.
[quote][p][bold]imustbeoldiwearacap[/bold] wrote: The fact that that peculiar race - "the teenager" has nowhere else to go other than the Hive, just shows the dearth of facilities and activities available in Worcester! What do you want them to do - hang round street corners? This initiative is what was needed and if some of the whingers would actually get off their respective *rses and help, then the problem might be resolved![/p][/quote]Hmm.. We have Many groups (at least 6) such as Scouts, ATC etc. A skate park at perdiswell 2 award winning parks, with many other local ones A race-course in the city center An arts work shop Many private youth clubs such as YBC, Model painting etc A youth archaeology scheme 2 cinemas, 2 bowling alleys, enough McDonalds for a small country, Shops that run hobbies such as Games Workshop Sports Clubs The list is endless... Nobody is saying youths shouldnt be there, ofcourse they are welcome, but its also no excuse for their behaviour.....shouti ng, swearing, arguing, the last time I went in one boys hand was firmly within his girlfriends underwear whilst I was looking for a DVD for my young son. If they cannot use common-sense that such behaviour is unacceptable and stop it in such a place then unfortunately preventative measures are needed, especially when they do have areas to retreat to if they feel the need to be 'loutish' at a certain time. What the Uni Students are doing here is brilliant and cannot thank them enough for that service, it really is nice to see the Uni getting involved in their share of the Hive's responsibility...now just the council's to do their part and meet in the middle some where. Vertis
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2:23pm Thu 25 Apr 13

sugarlump says...

my children have gone to proper universities
my children have gone to proper universities sugarlump
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5:58pm Thu 25 Apr 13

moonpig says...

Brilliant initiative. I love visiting the Hive but was really put off on Sunday evening by the behaviour of the teenagers. I have no issue with them using the place to hang out and they weren't doing anything major. However the shouting and bad language and throwing litter about the place is just not acceptable, I was glad I had not taken my 12 year son with me. The staff are brilliant though and I saw them speak to one group about their aggressive language toward another group and another member of staff tackled a group about the littering but to be honest they shouldn't have to. I hope these brave students get a good response!
Brilliant initiative. I love visiting the Hive but was really put off on Sunday evening by the behaviour of the teenagers. I have no issue with them using the place to hang out and they weren't doing anything major. However the shouting and bad language and throwing litter about the place is just not acceptable, I was glad I had not taken my 12 year son with me. The staff are brilliant though and I saw them speak to one group about their aggressive language toward another group and another member of staff tackled a group about the littering but to be honest they shouldn't have to. I hope these brave students get a good response! moonpig
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6:13pm Thu 25 Apr 13

CJH says...

sugarlump wrote:
my children have gone to proper universities
To get away from you presumably...
[quote][p][bold]sugarlump[/bold] wrote: my children have gone to proper universities[/p][/quote]To get away from you presumably... CJH
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9:15pm Fri 26 Apr 13

Jabbadad says...

The very fact that the youths are congregating there is a natural pointer to where they can be reached to include them into a suitable pastime such as a new style youth club which will hold their interests. I can recall being young and realise that the Hive is a real Hip place for these young people to meet. So use this to an advantage to all concerned, and yes I also welcome the student involvement, well done. But include them not just move them on.
Of course in any or most situations / venues that are acessable to the public those offering the service are also responsible for the behaviour of those attending.
The very fact that the youths are congregating there is a natural pointer to where they can be reached to include them into a suitable pastime such as a new style youth club which will hold their interests. I can recall being young and realise that the Hive is a real Hip place for these young people to meet. So use this to an advantage to all concerned, and yes I also welcome the student involvement, well done. But include them not just move them on. Of course in any or most situations / venues that are acessable to the public those offering the service are also responsible for the behaviour of those attending. Jabbadad
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9:34am Sat 27 Apr 13

vexedofworcester says...

Such initiatives would not have been necessary if those involved in conceiving and leading had the sense to appreciate this would happen, it was inevitable. Instead they focus on wishy-washy notions that have no doubt done their careers great good, but leave the tax payer and student with a facility unsuitable for the purpose. Obnoxious teenagers, families and academic facilities could all be held in the same building if competent architects, designers and council managers had been involved. Separate entrances and internal walls are needed, but the design was more concerned with winning awards than function. Such a wasted opportunity because it would have taken very little to overcome these problems that were obvious to everyone not involved in the project. Instead taxpayers and students are left paying for a facility not fit for purpose, many are afraid to use it, the archives slowly loses more of its academic integrity and the library remains as poor as ever.
Such initiatives would not have been necessary if those involved in conceiving and leading had the sense to appreciate this would happen, it was inevitable. Instead they focus on wishy-washy notions that have no doubt done their careers great good, but leave the tax payer and student with a facility unsuitable for the purpose. Obnoxious teenagers, families and academic facilities could all be held in the same building if competent architects, designers and council managers had been involved. Separate entrances and internal walls are needed, but the design was more concerned with winning awards than function. Such a wasted opportunity because it would have taken very little to overcome these problems that were obvious to everyone not involved in the project. Instead taxpayers and students are left paying for a facility not fit for purpose, many are afraid to use it, the archives slowly loses more of its academic integrity and the library remains as poor as ever. vexedofworcester
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11:26am Sat 27 Apr 13

Jabbadad says...

I could also add very poor access for the disabled unless you are in a motorised wheel chair or have an olympic pusher to get you up the Ski Slope from the Butts Car Park. And yes the young and old don't awlays mix, due to different requirements or needs, it's just accepted in the Strategy's that forget the practicalities of aplication.
So it can / could work just need some on the ground practical thinking / debate.
I could also add very poor access for the disabled unless you are in a motorised wheel chair or have an olympic pusher to get you up the Ski Slope from the Butts Car Park. And yes the young and old don't awlays mix, due to different requirements or needs, it's just accepted in the Strategy's that forget the practicalities of aplication. So it can / could work just need some on the ground practical thinking / debate. Jabbadad
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2:24pm Sat 27 Apr 13

Maggie Would says...

gaillewisbraznell wrote:
Another petty minded whinger speaking out.

I attended the hive to research a book i,m writing.

My complaints are it was very noisy, with one couple arguing about having no money to put in their electricity meter,a business man arranging his company schedule on the telephone, most of the computers were being used by people on social media and gangs of students congregating as if in a local pub.

All extremely distracting when you are trying to read information in order to choose the right books.

There was also limited books on the transgender genre I was looking for.

Credit where credit is due though the staff were very helpful.
So your opinion of the article is what, exactly? You're complaining on the wrong thread.
[quote][p][bold]gaillewisbraznell[/bold] wrote: Another petty minded whinger speaking out. I attended the hive to research a book i,m writing. My complaints are it was very noisy, with one couple arguing about having no money to put in their electricity meter,a business man arranging his company schedule on the telephone, most of the computers were being used by people on social media and gangs of students congregating as if in a local pub. All extremely distracting when you are trying to read information in order to choose the right books. There was also limited books on the transgender genre I was looking for. Credit where credit is due though the staff were very helpful.[/p][/quote]So your opinion of the article is what, exactly? You're complaining on the wrong thread. Maggie Would
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2:25pm Sat 27 Apr 13

Maggie Would says...

CJH wrote:
sugarlump wrote:
my children have gone to proper universities
To get away from you presumably...
Lol
[quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sugarlump[/bold] wrote: my children have gone to proper universities[/p][/quote]To get away from you presumably...[/p][/quote]Lol Maggie Would
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3:29pm Mon 29 Apr 13

sugarlump says...

Maggie Would wrote:
CJH wrote:
sugarlump wrote: my children have gone to proper universities
To get away from you presumably...
Lol
marvellous!
[quote][p][bold]Maggie Would[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sugarlump[/bold] wrote: my children have gone to proper universities[/p][/quote]To get away from you presumably...[/p][/quote]Lol[/p][/quote]marvellous! sugarlump
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