WHY IS YOUTH WORK IMPORTANT?

“The best services provide wide ranging activities and targeted projects, and involve young people fully in the design of services. This approach increases the opportunities for enjoyable activities, and develops personal qualities, self-esteem and useful skills. In particular, the best services are successful in involving some of the most vulnerable and hard-to-reach groups.”

Ofsted annual report, 2006-07

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:

  • increase their confidence and self-esteem while socialising with peers in a safe environment;
  • develop new skills and interests through taking part in activities;
  • develop planning, organisation and teamwork skills through active
  • participation and decision-making;
  • increase their knowledge and understanding of issues affecting their lives;
  • learn how to make use of services and information to make informed choices about their lives; and
  • gain access to non-formal learning opportunities which help them fulfil their potential.

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.