001206

Reference HO 192/1206
Title Juvenile activities
Former Department Reference RE/B38 26/27
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Domestic Life
Subthemes Education and schooling, Entertainment and culture, Social identities and divisions
Document Types Reports and Surveys, Statistical Data
Civil Defence Regions Region 9: Midlands (Birmingham HQ)
Locations Birmingham
Organisations Auxiliary Fire Service, Boy Scouts Association, Boys' Brigade, Civil Defence Service, Girl Guides, Home Guard, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, Young Men's Christian Association, Young Women's Christian Association

Description

A file of documents relating to juvenile activities in Birmingham. Subjects discussed in the file include the circumstances of youth clubs, including the Kingstanding branch of the Birmingham Settlement, the Birmingham University Settlement, the Y.M.C.A. and the Y.W.C.A., the Jewish Boys and Girls Club, Girl Guides, and the Boys' Brigade. Data provided on these clubs include the number of attendees, including drops in numbers due to air raids; the demographics of attendees, including age groups, gender, and war occupation; club meetings, socials, and Sunday activities; and the closure of clubs due to raids, members moving away, and evacuation. Other subjects discussed include the activities of members outside their clubs, including volunteering for shelter construction, work in canteens and rest centres, and rescue and first-aid assistance; and youth problems, including the "breakdown of morality", drunkenness, the lack of parental control, the lack of club membership, absenteeism from school, and the lack of available recreation activities.

Keywords

absenteeism, administration, air raids, air-raid precautions, air-raid shelters, alcohol, blackout, bomb damage, children, cinemas, civil defence, clothing, communal feeding, crime, drunkenness, education, employment, evacuation, finance, fire prevention, fire services, first aid, fruit, healthcare, hospitals, hostels, imprisonment, infrastructure, interviews, Jews, local authorities, looting, medical supplies, motor vehicles, motorcycles, offences, part-time employment, police, public health, public houses, public morale, railways, recreation, religion, rescue, rest centres, retail, schools, suicide, universities, volunteers, welfare, youths

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