Our dedicated projects, services and activities:
Drop-in sessions – Running 3 days per week, our open access drop-in sessions include a mixture social activities such as pool, table tennis and computer games. Here, young people can interact with their peers, and get to know our team or Youth Workers. (Paused due to COVID-19).
Music – Our AQA Unit Award and Arts Award accredited music programme is run out of our music studio on site; featuring a recording booth, latest Apple computers and a collection of other equipment. Our Music Studio is available to be booked 1:1 during drop-in sessions and during the day to work on projects. (Paused due to National Lockdown, adapted to outdoor delivery when weather permits).
Arts and drama – We are fortunate to have a dedicated Arts Room with facilities to draw, paint, craft and express yourself. Art features heavily in our Girl’s Group and Generations classes! (Delivered at reduced capacity during pandemic but currently paused due to National Lockdown).
Cooking – Delivered to small groups in-line with National Youth Agency guidance on the ground floor, with 3 workstations, each featuring their own hob, ingredients and utensils (Delivered during pandemic but currently paused due to National Lockdown)
Girl’s Group – Run weekly by a dedicated member of staff, featuring a mix of art, cooking and holistic support. Our activities are self-selected by our young people, ensuring there is something for everyone! (Girl’s Group has run on site and online throughout pandemic, currently our dedicated member of staff is available as part of the Triage service 1 day per week)
Employability – Our dedicated employability sessions are available twice per week as part of drop-in sessions. Young people can access vital support from CV and interview advice to careers support. Our partnerships across the local community ensure our young people have access to mentorships, training, and entry level work. It is designed to equip participants with the skills knowledge and experience to seek work and eventually progress into a career. The scheme works alongside several different industries; law, media, hospitality, finance and many more. (Currently delivered online due to national lockdown but previously available face-to-face earlier in pandemic).
Hear from Christianah in our video as she talks about our Employability Project.
Homework support – Available face-to-face every Thursday throughout lockdown.
Mentoring – Intensive support for young men at-risk of youth violence available 1:1 with our Senior Youth Worker.
Outreach – An embedded part of our programme includes detached youth work, prior to the pandemic this would include spending time on local housing estates where high levels of anti-social behaviour amongst young people is reported. It can also include spending time in local parks or other areas young people are known to spend time away from the Youth Centre, during the pandemic this has been more targeted and involved meeting young people 1:1 or in small groups in places they feel comfortable. We have adapted music, employability and fitness sessions to an outdoor delivery model where weather permits by using two bicycles and trailers to transport any equipment.