BYPC was founded by a group of churches from the Braintree area. They wanted to allow young people to see the Christian values of love and freedom displayed in the lives of people that they met.
The first premises BYPC held was a small hut on Station Approach in Braintree, hence the name ‘The Hut’. We had no idea how long we would be there, but in the end it housed us for 2 years.
The Hut was a space for young people to come and hang out, make new friends and eat many slices of toast, all washed down with hot chocolate or squash. It wasn’t a lavish building, but it was cosy. It was full of friendship, fun and laughter, and was a brilliant success! There were at least 80 young people coming through the doors on a weekly basis, and we had a good core team of volunteers.
In time, the circumstances of the leader (Glenda) of what had become known as ‘The Hut’ changed. Glenda moved away and the temporary premises that were being used were no longer available. The churches in the Braintree area, seeing how important the project was, took on the project. BYPC became a charity limited by guarantee in 2010, working for the benefit of young people as a Christian organisation, creating a caring and safe community in which young people are respected, valued and offered opportunities.
We moved into Leather Lane in 2011, a large space on the first floor which we quickly painted purple (our trademark colour). A new kitchen and toilets were installed and it became our home for four years. New ownership of the property meant we were looking for new premises and after a year of being once again nomadic, meeting in various church buildings, we found a new home right in the centre of town, in the building vacated by the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.
We have been on our current site since 2016 and have made it warm and welcoming for the young people. We have 4 different rooms the young people can spread out in, an accessible toilet, a kitchen, and an office. We offer a safe, accepting place for young people to meet and a mixed programme of events and trips that they can join in with as they want.