Our Youth Outreach and Engagement service works with young people aged 8-11 living in some areas of high deprivation in Stockton. It is an early intervention and prevention service working with young people aged 8-11 and their families. The service provides children, some of who may be experiencing social and emotional difficulties, with a safe environment in which they can learn and practise positive behaviour, improve communication skills and build self-confidence and competence. The Youth Outreach and Engagement service works alongside our Family Intervention Service to engage with the whole family to motivate, support and empower.
In response we have developed a highly interactive, multi component project to tackle these issues before they become entrenched. Our approach covers the following:
- 1:1 targeted support and empowerment based mentoring
- Diversionary activities – RELOAD
- Neighbourhood social action programme – HALO
- Arts and sports skilled-based work
- Residential trips
- Parenting Skill Programme
We offer and deliver mentoring programmes within two primary schools situated in the local area. The programmes are designed to help our young people develop important assets such as self-esteem and the ability to cope and positively impacts youth development across behavioural, social, emotional and academic areas.
The mentoring programmes work with boys and girls aged 8 – 11 years old who are identified and referred by the school.
The Youth team meet with the young people individually once a week for approximately an hour providing youth focused one to one empowerment-based mentoring. Strategies and tools are shared to allow growth and change for the young person to be sustained, supported and enabled by the family.
Reaching Out to Young People
Our outreach youth hub sessions are focused on weekly visits to community groups where there are young people in need. Activities include, building positive relationships, providing access to personal development and diversionary activities such as a regular sport session, providing one to one befriending and mentoring or targeted support around lifestyle issues.
Occasionally, we take recreational day trips and residential visits with young people together for fun and to strengthen community and build relationships.
A programme with a group of dedicated young people on a weekly basis aimed to mobilise them to take pride in their community and to help make it a better and more pleasant place to live. Using the medium of practical social action, young people are learning to work together as a team and to positively impact on their neighbourhood and environment. The Council are supportive and residents are showing real appreciation of the work being carried out.