AS a result of some Awards for all funding YMCA Humber have been running a Detached Youth Work project in Immingham, North East Lincolnshire, which has seen us engage with in excess of 350 young people.
The main aim of the project was to engage with the young people in the areas of the town where they collectively choose to meet up, for example street corners, playing fields, shopping centres and local woods.
The three main issues that young people identified were:
- The lack of alternative youth activities in the town
- The lack of a centre to meet in the evenings
- The difficulties faced by young people transferring from junior school to the academy.
We have managed to secure the use of the Academy’s sixth form common room in which to develop youth groups and activities.
These activities will be delivered in line with the needs identified by young people, instead of simply adults believing they know best what young people need.
Along with the academy, we also hope to develop a Transition Programme, where young people and parents are helped to ensure that the difficult transition from junior school to the academy is facilitated and made better by the young people being introduced and integrated into the ethos and culture of a larger school over the year previous to them starting at secondary school.
This will give the young people the confidence to make the large step from junior school into the challenging work of a mainstream academy at the age of 11. Therefore better prepared to meet the demands that this move often 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 people. 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.
These activities will be supported by YMCA Humber providing dedicated youth worker support including a new role of a dedicated youth apprentice out of its own funding. The funding we are asking for is being used to fund sessional support hours within the youth meetings at the academy and to provide alternative and enjoyable alternative activities in line with their aspirations.