Our Projects

Alongside giving advice and support, Young Solutions delivers demonstration projects around issues that we feel are important to the sector.

These partnership projects are used to highlight issues, develop learning and encourage organisations to try new ways of working together. They also allow us to maintain our team’s skills and first-hand knowledge.

We usually deliver these projects with other voluntary, statutory or private sector organisations and focus on several key areas – Volunteering and Inclusion, Youth Unemployment and Youth Engagement. This is an overview of our current work:

Youth Unemployment

We are committed to challenging the damaging effect that unemployment has on young people, especially those with additional needs or from complex backgrounds, and this area of work is particular important to us. Our current projects are:

  • Seek and Reach – our European Social Funded Seek and Reach project supports those young unemployed people who, for one reason or another, have found it hard to get employment or go into training.
  • Shape Up For Work – Supported by the Big Lottery, Shape Up for Work builds the confidence and fitness of young unemployed people.

 

Volunteering and Inclusion

We believe that all young people deserve an equal chance and sometimes see young people with disabilities who are not able to take part in activities. Our projects generally have two overarching aims: to increase the skills, confidence and chances for those with disabilities, and to decrease the stigma around those who are ‘different’. We find volunteering a powerful tool to achieving both of these. Our current projects are:

  • Goals for Life – providing opportunities for young people with disabilities to participate in sports and develop social skills

 

Youth Engagement

We feel it is important to make sure the views of young people are heard and that young people get a say in the delivery of services that affect them. As the Youth Cabinet says, “Nothing about us without us!”. Our current projects are:

  • Young PACT – funded by West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner, we are facilitating young people in 5 schools in high risk areas of the County to give their views about issues in their community.
  • Youth Engagement Network Group – a cross-Worcestershire networking group for partners working in youth engagement to encourage closer working, to reduce duplication of engagement activities and to share ideas. The Group currently has over 60 members from a wide range of voluntary and statutory organisations. Contact us if you would like to find out more or join the group.

We also offer advice and guidance to organisations about ways to involve young people. This often includes:

  • Structures which involve children and young people
  • Creating an appropriate atmosphere for involving children and young people
  • Involving children and young people in recruiting staff and volunteers
  • Involving children and young people in planning programmes and activities
  • Getting feedback from children and young people

Contact us if you would like to find out more or would like us to come and speak to your organisation or management committee.

 

Previous Projects

See details of our past projects here including previous Youth Unemployment and Volunteering and Inclusion projects.

If you have a project, or an idea for a project, that could benefit from our expertise and input, please get in touch.

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