The Youth Clubs are the starting point for our work with young people but what makes the real, positive difference to their lives is access to tailored support in an independent, familiar setting, where they are receptive to ideas.
While we have available grant funding we can continue to provide specialist support, enabling our youth leaders to work with appropriate services to offer the best interventions we can to target specific issues and needs within the community.
Careers – The Post 16 Engagement Team
Once a week an independent careers advisor visits who has access to the latest job, courses and apprenticeship information to help individuals increase career choices, find their niche, secure placements and access training. Ongoing support and coordination is provided by our youth leaders who are also trained to produce professional CVs.
Once a week (4 session) an independent fully qualified and experienced counsellor offers private sessions for individuals facing more complex challenges, such as difficulties at school, a disruptive home life, caring for a family member, coping with a mental health issue, or just feeling lost. Ongoing support is provided by our youth leaders who are degree-level trained counsellors
Alcohol and Drug awareness
Our youth leaders are trained in delivering sessions on awareness about the types of things young people will encounter, which that could affect their lives. “Drugs are illegal – talking about them isn’t”. By building informative sessions into occasional youth clubs (only when appropriate), or focusing on a topic for a couple of weeks, sessions are delivered in a friendly, non-judgemental way, to ensure young people are happy to engage, know the potential dangers and are well informed
We have access to a sexual health nurse, accessed via our youth leaders, who are trained to respond to a young person’s requests for advice, contraception etc; which provides the safest and easiest place for them to get help.
Bringing in professionals and/or training volunteers to deliver sessions on First Aid, Healthy Eating, Food Hygiene, etc, and hire the Youth Bus.