In order to explore what youth provision remains in the SO18 Big Local area, and then identify areas where we can build on what exists, or where there are gaps that need tackling, we employ a part-time Youth Development Worker (YDW).
During each Summer holiday, our Youth Worker has run a series of activities for young people, as well as working with the Kicks project based at Woodlands, as well as supporting other local groups and providing training.
The YDW has helped young people start their own forum, the “Speak Up SO18” group who meet regularly to work on small scale youth projects, and who also often volunteer at our other SO18 Big Local events. The Speak Up group have flourished, and now run a regular Youth Drop-In, “SOHub” at our Harefield Hub, on Tuesday evenings during term time.
Additionally, we procure Southampton Children’s Play Association to provide additional playscheme weeks in the local area to support families in the half term holidays and during the summer. Yellow Door has been procured to provide STAR sessions to school pupils to help teach them about healthy relationships.
Learning Through Sport are also running football courses at Soccer4All Youth FC in/nearby the SO18 Big Local area. For details of their new sessions, please see their website.
If you would like to know more about our work with young people, then get in touch, or see the separate Facebook pages for our youth work, https://www.facebook.com/SO18BigLocalYouth/
***Currently advertising for a Youth Development Worker – see LATEST NEWS page for more info ***