Young people who choose to use youth work provision and engage with youth work professionals do so for many reasons; to meet friends, to have fun, to spend time in a safe space, to take part in specific activities, to build relationships with adults, or to get help and advice. Youth work therefore offers young people a wide range of activities and opportunities. These activities and the relationships that underpin them, promote young people’s personal and social development in various ways. Young people:
We provided a range of workshops in community settings where young people learn confidence and soft skills; awareness and personal reflection. These workshops give individuals the opportunity to think about what they need to move forward and make the right decisions for the future and successfully transition to adulthood. We support and tackle topical issues and those prevalent to young people in Somerset including but not limited too; employment, personal aspiration, social mobility, self esteem, and health and wellbeing.
“Good preparation for adulthood is an important priority for children and young people as it will make us informed about our choices, confident in our abilities and happy and optimistic about our futures.”
"I love coming to the youth club, I enjoyed being part of the Media Club"
"It was a great session, I learnt a lot. Thanks for getting the point across about road safety."
"We love coming to the Cafe at lunch time and playing games and having food, it's the best part of the week."
"I did learn some info about what it takes to organise something involving money. This was genuinely new to me. It has given me more confidence and understanding."
"It was fun and informative, thank you. An amazing experience."
“Somerset is a great place for old people to settle down and retire, however finding good opportunities in the county for young people can be difficult.”
"I enjoyed performing with friends and in front of family, it was great singing and entertaining."
"They created so many memories, the youth workers helped teach me team building, leadership, communication and relationship. I value their commitment and understanding, they provided a place to go and good people to talk to. They have always been helpful and humorous!!!"
"I loved working with In The Mix and enjoyed meeting people and letting them know how good In The Mix is."
"I learnt I have skills to offer and am able to do things by myself."
"Teach us skills to prepare us for life from day one.”
"Preparing for adulthood is an important priority for children in care to make us confident, resilient and prepared to leave care.”
"I learnt that coding is a valuable skill to have in life, something I never thought about before today and it’s much easier than it sounds!”
"It helps other people and makes me feel good about myself and making a difference."