We also have an active relationship with a lot of our community members (of all ages) of our community and hold fortnightly coffee mornings on alternative Wednesday’s with an average of twenty five people attending for a chat, few games of bingo and a cup of tea/coffee.
Young people need a wide range of provision to meet their social, emotional, psychological and educational needs. Recreational, bespoke , educational and accredited programmes reduce the isolation that disadvantage young people face by introducing them to youth provision services at a time when they are most in need. By educating young people we can integrate them into the local community in a positive way. We improve young people's self esteem and help build their confidence levels.
Our youth work staff are well trained and are competent to deliver information across a wide range of issues that young people face, PYP staff are equipped and qualified to offer information advice and guidance on issues such as sexual health and relationships, drug and alcohol awareness, smoking, training and employment opportunities. When a need is identified an appropriate course of action is discussed with and agreed by the young person. Staff have the skills to refer or signpost young people to more specialist support in instances when there is insufficient expertise or knowledge within the staff team, however ongoing support is always offered. We have detailed information of additional specialist agencies to ensure the young people receive the appropriate level of intervention. In the past we have utilised the services of YDAP, Sunderland Counselling Services, MESMAC, GUM clinic, Smoking Cessation. We always provide recreational and educational activities and our programmes are designed in consultation with young people. The youth club sessions are for young people aged 10-19 years.
Junior Club is for young people aged 8-10 years old, it currently runs every Tuesday and Wednesday 3:15pm-4:45pm. In the Junior Club we create a safe space where children can play and interact with the environment and others. We want our children to be inquisitive and develop a questioning relationship within their learning about themselves, their community, their world and others. We provide interventions that enable children and young people to extend their play so they can experiment, explore, and test themselves physically and emotionally within a secure learning and social environment.
We provide recreational activities such as, cooking, pool competitions, crafts, table tennis tournaments, music sessions and life skills sessions, health, citizenship and much more.
Our junior club aims to:
1) Increase friendships.
2) Increase young people's skills (communication).
3) Increase young people's self esteem.
PENNYWELL EMPLOYMENT PATHWAY PROJECT
We will deliver workshops, courses, drop in sessions and one to support to help young people into employment and offer a number of initiatives to gain qualifications and develop the ‘soft skills’ (team work, communication, getting on with others), required by employers. Young people can achieve an ASDAN Employability and Personal Social Development qualification in Levels 1, 2 and 3 (Level 3 in Employability only). All aspects of the programme, from initial assessments onwards, will contribute to developing the participant’s skills and knowledge that will help the young person move onto the employment ladder. Young people receive help and support to develop practical skills needed to complete, CV’s, job searches and job applications including understanding employment jargon, job specifications and interview techniques. The aim of the project is to help as many young people as possible into employment or further progression routes that can lead to employment. Securing funds to facilitate the Employment Pathways provision at Pennywell Youth Project makes a significant difference in young people’s ability to move closer to the job market and gain sustained employment. It will improve the social and economic position of young people and reduce the barriers to employment, improve their skills, qualifications and generally broaden their horizons. We want our young people to thrive in the community in which they live and to improve their life chances. It is fantastic that we can now provide this much needed provision.
CLLD - Community Champion
The aim of the programme is to develop initiatives or identify projects to effectively engage or sign post residents to develop intervention and prevention support to help secure and sustain future employment. We are aware there are several barriers which prevent residents seeking employment, therefore to combat these issues the community champions provide support with a range of issues ranging from referrals regarding addiction, claim forms for benefits and housing, developing CV's and job applications, domestic abuse, money management, accessing training programmes and volunteering.
The programme offers activities aimed at those who are furthest from the job market, those who are vulnerable with little confidence, limited qualifications and experience of a working environment.
Our community café currently runs twice a week, every Monday and Friday 11am-2pm. The food is cooked by volunteers and is completely free for all users. The aims of the community cafe is to reduce social isolation and bring all of the community together, people of all ages is welcome to come to the cafe (our current users ages range from 0-96). There are plenty of opportunities available for users to volunteer, get one to one help and support, job search, CV building and we have allotment spaces on our land for community memebers to grow their own fruit and veg.
The C-Card scheme provides confidential sexual health advice and free condoms to anyone aged 13-24.
YDAP specialist help, advice and support on alcohol and drug related matters for young people, parents and professionals.
A confidential helpline for anyone in the UK concerned about drug use. Questions via online submission, news, leaflets as well as other information for teachers and parents.
Guide to internet safety and safe surfing for young people from Think U Know. Learn about online safety when using blogs, chatting, online gaming, P2P and other forms of communication on the internet
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) works across the UK tackling child sex abuse and providing advice for parents, young people and children
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Together for Children
Together for Children works with Sunderland City Council and partner organisations to ensure that children’s services across Sunderland are delivered by a suitably qualified and experienced workforce and deliver optimum value for money.
We provide a range of services for children and their families including:
Local Offer for SEND