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Developing in Life
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As a result of securing Awards for All funding, YMCA Humber ran a Detached Youth Work project in Immingham, North East Lincolnshire, which ended in May 2015.

This enabled us to engage with in excess of 350 young people over the year of the project. Its main aim being to engage with young people in the areas of the town where they collectively choose to meet up. For example, street corners, playing fields, shopping centres and the local woods, and discuss with them why they did not engage with current activities and services in the town and secondly to ask them what they would like to see being provided in the area.

During this time our youth team developed excellent relationships with the young people and now count a number of them amongst our volunteers. We also developed excellent partnerships with Oasis Academy, the three local junior schools, Immingham Town Council and Ward Councillors, Humberside Fire & Rescue and Humberside Police, North East Lincolnshire Council’s Troubled Families Team, local environmental group Greenheart and the main local community group Immingham One Voice, whom we reported the results of our findings to.

The three main issues that young people identified were:

  • The lack of alternative youth activities in the town
  • The lack of a secure and welcoming centre in which to meet in the evenings
  • The difficulties faced by young people transferring from junior school to the academy

Immingham is situated about 12 miles from the nearest town that offers the type of activities, facilities and support the young people deserve. Public transport out of the town is not frequent and to get to activities and support, young people need to change buses and obviously find the money to pay for bus fares.

We have managed to secure the use of the Immingham Resource Cetnre to develop secure youth groups and activities. These activities are delivered in line with the needs identified by young people instead of simply adults believing they know best what young people need.

We have also developed a Transition Programme where young people and parents link into the academy in the months leading up to the transfer from junior to senior school helping to ensure that the difficult transition is facilitated and made better by the young people being introduced and integrated into the ethos and culture of the academy in the months prior to them starting there.

This will give the young people the confidence to make the large step, therefore being better prepared to meet the demands that this move places upon them.

The project also wants to continue to provide detached youth work and activities as this method of working with young people is the clear way forward to engaging with young. We will carry this out by our detached youth workers continuing to build up the partnerships with all of the agencies in the town working with young people.

For more information on the Developing in Life project, please contact Jocelyn Dennis via email or call 07736 156 122.