What we do: The project aims to listen to, engage with, encourage and support the young people aged 8-16 years of age in Duffryn and surrounding area to make positive contributions to their community. We have supported our young people who are dealing with issues such as bullying, confidence, loneliness, and other difficult circumstances. Week on week, we’ve developed a relationship with these individuals and have provided a safe space for them to come and help them with these issues and have given them the opportunity to contact other agencies to help them if need be. This has also provided a place for young people to go where they can participate in fun and different activities as well as learn from current informal learning sessions.
We currently offer 3 youth club evenings at the Duffryn Community Centre. Please find details below:
- Every Monday – Ages 8-10 at the Duffryn Community Centre, 5.30-7.00pm
- Every Tuesday – Ages 10-13 at the Duffryn Community Centre, 5.30-7.00pm
- Every Thursday – Ages 13-16 at the Duffryn Community Centre, 5.30-7.00pm.
We have built relationships with the local schools and have run informal workshops on a variety of topics to raise awareness and help young people deal with certain situations. These workshops have varied from social media safety, mental health and wellbeing awareness, knife crime and many more. The Duffryn youth team play an active role in the local schools offering 1-1 mentoring support, group session work and helping young people with their social and educational development.
Detached Youth Work
We carry out detached youth work as a team. This involves the youth workers going out into the community and engaging with young people on the streets, in parks etc offering support, advice and signposting if needed. This informal nature of youth work breaks barriers and helps engage with young people easily in their own territories. If you see us around the estate, don’t forget to say come and say hi!
Due to COVID restrictions, most of our delivery went online where we formed a virtual youth club on ‘Zoom’. This has given the young people an opportunity to check in with their youth workers, virtually see friends and get involved in some fun activities. We also delivered wellbeing and food packages to the young people during the lockdowns which again provided much needed support to them and their families.
As most of our work moved online, our social media platforms helped us keep in touch. Follow us on all our social media pages:
Instagram – @duffryncommunitylink
Facebook – Duffryn Community Link at The Forest Family Centre
Twitter – @DuffrynLink
Our Youth Team
Alex Millard – Youth Coordinator
Mel Aver – Community Engagement Coordinator
Eamonn Kelly – Youth Worker
Madison Clarke – Youth Worker
Cherie Tolley – Sessional Youth Worker
Florence Mitchell – Sessional Youth Worker
Jake Harbidge-Morgan – Sessional Youth Worker
Ed Berry – Volunteer, Ex Head Teacher
Diane Morgan – Counsellor