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Case Studies

Case Study 1

Rural Village 4 miles west Hereford, (population approx 750). A Community Led Plan request consultation and engagement with Young People and reported that the young people considered the new playground ideal for younger children and summer use but teenagers request a Youth Club. Young people held a public meeting which resulted in the Village hall committee offering free use of the hall for a pilot 6 months. The recruitment of adult volunteers resulted in a team of 8 (two 16 year olds, one 18 year old NEET, three 20 year olds, two 40 plus) completing a Level 1 OCN course “Introduction to Youth & Community Work”. Our staff were funded by the Parish Council for 1 year to mentor the volunteers whilst setting up and running a weekly Friday night youth club. The successful outcome is now run by a team of volunteers with regular attendance of 20+, 8 to 16 year olds. Volunteer mum -“I now feel confident to let my 8 year old son down to the village shop by himself, I realise the young people are not out to harm, they are just being lively meeting up with each other”. An 18 year old NEET volunteer - “I wanted a youth club that offered opportunities that I never had when I was younger to give the younger kids a better chance in life than I had”. Runner up in the Herefordshire young volunteer of the year awards 2013.

 

Case Study 2

Rural village 7 miles north Hereford, social housing estate with 35 houses. Responded to Police where low level ASB was reported. With initial consultation asking 'What life is like living here and what could make life better' and delivery of fortnightly outreach youth sessions over a two year period gained support from the village hall committee and Parish Council young people, they were supported to design their own playground, negotiate with the housing association and successfully applied for funding for a new roundabout and football goals. The community helped to install the playground. Life is not always 100% however the local policing team have noted a reduction in phone calls regarding anti social behaviour and the benefits of the youth outreach unit is clear to see. Sgt A Scott West Mercia Police.

 

Case Study 3  

Leominster; 12 miles north of Hereford, (population of 11,000; 600 are between the ages of 10 - 19.) Both Herefordshire Council and the local Police identified this town in need for open youth work provision and have supported it with commissioned funding until March 2014. Initial work engaged the young people to identify their needs and aspirations taking an approach of young people “being part of the solution” The young people identified:

  • That there was little to do for young people between the ages of 12 to 19.

  • The club provided social space where they could meet safely and not get into trouble.

  • Youth Workers were needed to provide someone to talk to and offer mentoring support.

  • The need for positive activities to be provided at a youth club setting.

"The Youth Club gives us somewhere to go to meet our mates, we would only be on the street causing trouble otherwise" JS.

 

Case Study 4

Rural village 20 miles north of Hereford, (population approx 1,000) we responded to Police requests of Low Level ASB from young people. We delivered a fortnightly programme of summer activities at the local playground. Over a period of time working in public space barriers of “us and them” private and social housing barriers were broken down. Over a period of two years local volunteers (mainly mums) were recruited and supported to establish their own constituted youth group LYG, 3 volunteers have been trained through a progression of courses to deliver youth work, 8 young people have attended young leaders training, 25 young people have attended first aid training. The Parish council have offered support and to date a weekly 4 hour youth club session is run with over 100 young people on the books and over 35 attending on a regular basis. The club now raises its own funds through a community cafe and other fundraising events. Community projects have included over 500 volunteering hours by young people who were once labelled as “naughty noisy kids”