About Us

The Charity has roots that go back to 1967 as a sports club for children and is the legacy of Castle Howard Approved School through Housemaster Mr Jack Raine. In 2004 we proudly became a registered charity. Using a grant of £500.00 donated by North Yorkshire Police to our Off the Hook project to engage children and young people into positive activities this became our path into education. We now support children and the community in key areas that reflect their needs. All activities and projects are based on Education, Welfare, Health, Sport and Community interest. Having the community involved, creates change to the environment we live in, brings inclusion, offers support when needed and fun and fitness to all.

Jack Raine was Housemaster at Castle Howard Approved School in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s he was many of our staff’s coach as well as a champion of children’s welfare and sport coaching in the York and Yorkshire area

Community Centre;

Our community centre is right in the heart of the city, and used by the community as an Alternative Learning Provision (ALPs) a Welfare and Social Drop-in Centre, meeting place and community fitness gym.

The building itself is and old Granary and has an old school community centre feel about it, people can come and engage in a safe, friendly environment that is affordable to all.


Starting as a partner to York Training Centre, providing practical and life skills complemented with physical education for 16 to 24 year olds, we soon became an established ALPs provider for City of York Council, York College and many of the secondary schools in the York area, who recognised our natural working relationship with children and young people who had become disengaged with education, many had not attended formal education from the age of 12. Our core age groups are 11 years to 16 years and 17 years to 24 years.

We are an ASDAN accreditated centre and Access Centre for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Physical, Service and Skills elements.We believe in supporting the welfare of the individual first, education and engagement will naturally follow. Looking at beyond their present situation we work on five key areas. We are also accredited to the Supplier and Contract Management System (SCMS) for Yorkshire Councils educational bodies’ accreditation schemes.

Progression routes - Positives social activities - Education - Employment - Independent living

We offer the following recognised accreditations and qualifications;

o ASDAN CoPE GCSE E – Level 1 – Level 2 – Level 3, AoPE GCSE, Key Skills, various subjects, as required, Activity Awards, Sports Awards and Independent living skills
o GB/Sport England Tutor Awards – Preliminary – Standard – Bronze
o Police Community Clubs of Great Britain/Sport England Contender Course
o Duke of Edinburgh Award Physical, Skills and Service

As part of our education plan we have developed bespoke learning and awareness courses, these include;

Introduction to Construction

o An awareness accredited program for year 9 pupils who have an interest in construction and are considering this as a career choice through York College or employment. It is an ideal learning experience for those pupils for may struggle to make the transition from school to college or who may need some extra support out of the classroom.

Abuse! Don’t include me!

o There are many social issues for young people to cope with, social, welfare, home, relationships, health, drink, sex, drugs etc. Anyone of these alone can produce, low self-esteem, confidence, relationship issues, ownership, feelings of worthlessness, or self-harming are commonly connected. All these can be carried throughout their adult life. While carrying these problems around, education can suffer, possible attendance and grades may go down!

Working on one to one mentoring or small group work there are three parts to this course.

Get Fit - Learn – Make Change;

o The main way we engage 16 to 24 year age group at our centre.
o Recreation, leisure and fitness are a key part of the centre’ community gym and has become the heart of our work with the children and community coming to us, basically it’s what most people first come for.
o Once engaging in the classes people become comfortable in the surroundings and made aware of what else the charity has to offer, advice and support needed in their lives. Often other avenues of support have broken down or may feel too clinical to the individual’s requirements.

Support on offer either through drop-in sessions or by fixed appointment are:

o Drug / drink / solvent dependency
o Relationship / sex / abuse / control
o Housing / homelessness o Employment
o Education
o Benefits o Family law
For further information on these or any of our projects and programmes please contact us.

Welfare and social support:

o Our pupils, students and community members often come from disengaged and disadvantaged backgrounds, because of this we provide Drop-in and Appointment sessions in areas of their lives, were other avenues had broken down or the individual felt more comfortable in the centres surroundings. We link up with partners in the Third Sector to offer a more rounded and in-depth information support system for the individual.

Areas for drop-in support for 16 years plus are;

o Drug – drink - Relationship – sex – abuse – control - housing – homelessness - Employment - Education

Appointment based advice is available in;

o Benefits - Debt - Housing - Employment - Education - Family law

Health and Sport;

o We provide qualified and affiliated classes in sport that reflects the health needs of our community member’s age range 7 years to adult.

Classes and facilities include:

o Free weights - Cardiovascular room – running - cross trainers – bike machines. Aerobic – anaerobic – fitness – adults and juniors – classes
o Police Community Clubs of Great Britain - contender awards sports engagement - GB / Sport England – tutor awards – Duke of Edinburgh Awards – Physical - Basketball - Pool - Amateur Boxing Association of England – boxing - English Muay Thai Federation – Muay Thai fitness - World Association Kickboxing Organisations – junior kickboxing skills, Chinese boxing.
o Spinning classes and traversing wall.

Third sector gym memberships;

o If you work in the third sector you may like to refer someone to use our gym facilities; It can cost as little as £50 a year for full use of our Centre’s activities. Having a third sector membership card will become your lifeline to engaging your service users into education, welfare, health and sport.

Please contact us for more information

Woodland adventure;

o Nature and countryside awareness, woodland fun and survival is our way to engage children and adults to explore what our woodlands can offer, learning, peace and tranquillity and adventure. Our four and half acres of woodland are within fifteen minutes of York and are ideal for pupils to engage in nature and forestry. Learn about wild life, from bugs to deer and badger tracking or how to build a fence using natures building resources.

Please contact us for more information

Holidays and respite breaks;

Offering holidays and respite breaks to our community who would normally not be able to afford a traditional family holiday. The holidays are heavily subsidised, a “can afford donation” or free to family’s who are referred or self-referred.
Respite breaks are offered to young carers, families with a family member who is in ill health or who just needs a bit of time out, refresh, to build memories and enjoy the benefits of a holiday.

We own two static caravans at Reighton Sands on the East Yorkshire Coast.

Over 50s Club

The over 50s club is a great way for generations coming together, offering an insight into another generations role in a community area dominated by young people.

Press releases

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Press Release • 14.03.2013 • By The Jack Raine Community Foundation

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Press Release • 01.11.2012 • By The Jack Raine Community Foundation

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Press Release • 25.10.2012 • By The Jack Raine Community Foundation