Our work with young people began in 2009 funded through the Big Lottery Reaching Communities and has to date been awarded three successive rounds of Big Lottery funding totalling just over 1 million pounds. This work currently has Big Lottery funding through to 2018. We work with the University of St Mark & St John Plymouth to capture the value uniqueness of this project to our communities. Read our Star Fish Project Evaluation by Dr Cooper.
We run two youth clubs in Forches and Slade Valley, which are run by Youth Management Teams, that provide a safe environment for important out of school activities, giving access to young people of different ages and backgrounds opportunities to make new friendships and build on existing ones.
These are the links to the Young People facebook pages
School holidays are packed with diversionary activities over the weekend for Young People (YP) who do not normally have the chance to partake in such activities for example, camping, adventure weekends, beach trips, swimming, and musical activities.
We provide many services for our young people to use, for example; homework clubs, health advice and courses, job application and CV writing, fitness clubs, mediation and one to one support with problems.
Young People are central to the project that helps build confidence, increases aspirations, develops peer mentors and positive role models within a space where they can develop new skills, try out new things, where they are seen and judged differently from the school or home, where their talents and differences are appreciated and where they can have fun.
This project provides diversionary activity distracting young people from criminal activities and also as a hook bringing young people into contact with opportunities for achieving wider goals such as furthering their education or finding employment.