We use a Youth Work approach working with Young People aged 11 – 25 years in recreational and educational programmes in a group setting.Through appropriate youth work models, the project offers young people the opportunity to engage in youth group work, which focuses on various issues that affect young people's lives. Through activities such as art, music, drama, games and other group work, young people build relationships both with youth workers and their peers.
Youth projects aim to provide a forum for young people to identify and address issues affecting their lives in a positive way through group work, especially if young people are not otherwise engaged in other local clubs/activities.
The Project is managed by KYS, which is the county's regional youth services which provides support to children, young people and their families across the county.
What do we do?
We run programmes such as:· Drugs and alcohol· Sexual health· Mental health· Suicide· Relationships· Cookery programmes· Teambuilding· Art· Healthy lifestyle· Junior and Adult leadership programme· Stepping stones programme to support young people in 6th class making the transition from 6th class in primary school to Secondary school.
- We also provide one to one support for various issues coming up for young people involved in the project.
In essence we support young people to build their capacity in order to reach their full potential through working on informal educational programmes. These programmes provide challenges which can give them valuable life experience in a safe supportive and fun environment.
These programs can address or explore any aspect of their lives or society and can be run through a variety of activities, tools and interactions.
And as part of these programmes a cyclical planning, completion and evaluation enables young people to identify learning from the programme and influence their future planning. Young People are involved at every step of this process. They decide what they want to with staff, they participate,attend and then evaluate on how they feel the experience was and offer recommendations for future sessions.
The Stepping Stones group is a group of 12 -14 young people who are currently in 6th class and will be making the transition from primary school to secondary school. Stepping Stones is a programme that is run over one week of the summer. It is a programme that recognises and encourages the importance of combining school-based supports and community-based supports for young people at this key phase in their development.
The Stepping Stones summer camp is run to:
· Make the transition from primary school to secondary school easier for young people.
· Establish a new group into the project.
· Ensure young people seek support with any issues moving to secondary school.
· Address the fears and concerns young people have about moving to secondary school.
Volunteers are of vital importance to the project and are involved in all aspects of the work. The project recruit, train and support volunteer youth leaders as well as facilitate student placements.