Y Services will we celebrating National Youth Work Week from Monday 1 November to Sunday 7 November 2021. We want to show you and the rest of the world how we support young people now in the present and what our ambitions are for the future. Youth work has never been more important. For more information about national events please visit www.nya.org.uk
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Y Services for Young People celebrates 10th Anniversary
Y Services for Young People is celebrating 10 years as a charity providing a range of approaches that support children and young people in their local communities. If the charity was a young person they would be able to attend most of the projects and benefit from the services available.
Y Services for Young People was founded in 2011 to fill the gap in youth provision after funding had been cut to youth services provided by the local authority. Y Services staff support young people in youth clubs, on the streets, in schools, online and in 15 different building projects in local communities. The charity was awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service in 2019 and has recently received a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund which will fund some core costs and the delivery of some project work across the area of operation – Fareham, Gosport, Havant and parts of Winchester and Portsmouth.
The charity will continue to engage, encourage and empower young people to be the best versions of themselves for the next 10 years and beyond.
Visit our facebook page for details of how our projects are celebrating.
It has been a very busy year for us at Y Services, so now is the time for our members of staff, youth workers and team of volunteers to take a well deserved break.
Best wishes to you all for a joyful, restful and peaceful festive holiday, from us all at Y Services. We look forward to welcoming you back on Monday 4th January 2021 when we can wish you a prosperous and hopeful New Year. Stay safe.
Any young people who go to our Fareham LGBT+ youth group, we are open tonight and will remain open during lockdown (as per government and NYA guidelines). If you wish to access this support, please contact Dawn Tracy on 07503353636 or email her at email@example.com
The challenges that young people face have not disappeared during this pandemic and in some cases will have escalated.
That’s why we’re working hard to operate as safely as possible during these uncertain times and are committed to minimising the risk of spreading the virus.
To do this, we have carefully considered the number of young people we can safely have in and around our centres, and how we focus our programmes to make the most of the outdoors and large spaces we have access to.
Our colleagues will have access to a lot of guidance on safe practice and risk assessments which cover everything they need to know.
To carry out our work in a safe and appropriate way we have implemented the following:
- Multiple hand sanitising / hand washing points and reminders in each building
- Kitchens will be used for hand washing only
- Dynamic practice risk assessments for our buildings and all work with young people, in place and updated regularly.
- Our buildings will be limited in use, fully checked to ensure we adhere to social distancing and full cleaning services resumed a week before buildings are occupied to allow for deep cleans and water flushing
- Work stations allocated to each member of staff to limit sharing of facilities, working from home encouraged where possible
- One way systems and separate entry and exit to buildings where possible
- Toilets will also be limited in availability and use
- We ask that anyone who has symptoms of Coronavirus, or who is in the same household as someone who has symptoms, does not visit any of our projects and follows government advice to self-isolate at home.
- Anyone displaying any symptoms of COVID-19, no matter how small will be immediately isolated and parents will be contacted to collect the young person
- Anyone relating to an individual showing COVID-19 symptoms will also be isolated
GOVERNMENT POLICY AND GUIDANCE
To ensure we are keeping young people safe whilst at Y Services, we will adhere to all the regulatory practice available and follow all relevant current policy and guidance. We will keep up-to-date with any changes and adapt our practices as required.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR SESSION
- Please bring with you a snack and/or drink and your own face covering if you have one (we are able to supply face coverings at our centres)
- Face coverings will need to be worn for the duration of your indoor session
- Temperature checks for anyone using our services
- Parents are welcome to drop off a young person to a Youth Centre. However, we’re afraid parents cannot come into the buildings currently
- On arrival young people will be asked to check details and use the hand sanitizer, your details will be collected for track n trace and held under GDPR guidelines for 21 days
We hope this provides you, your colleagues, parents and young people with the reassurance of the changes we are making at Y Services to confidently bring young people back to our centres we will advise you on what you need to do or bring with you to make sure you are safe when using our buildings or are in contact with our youth workers but we hope you find this useful to prepare you for your visit and, if you have any questions or worries, please ask!
We are here to help and above all … we’re really looking forward to seeing you!
Full COVID-19 risk assessments are available on request.
Y Services for Young People receives the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
Y Services are proud to announce this morning that we have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the United Kingdom.
Y Services for Young People was founded in 2011. Our mission is to support and develop the delivery of quality youth work that meets the needs of local children and young people.
Y Services deliver a range of projects across Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Winchester and parts of Portsmouth that support children and young people in their local communities. Last year we had over 12,000 attendances at our youth projects.
Young people today are having to face increased challenges and pressures and our staff and projects aim to provide opportunities to support them. We provide opportunities for young people to stay safe, be healthy, make a positive contribution and enjoy and achieve.
We are one of 281 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations and awards has increased year on year since the awards were introduced in 2002, so we are deeply honoured to have been nominated and to receive the honour.
Chairman of Trustees, Andy Kennedy:
Everyone at Y Services is incredibly proud to receive the Queens Award for Voluntary Service. The energy and dedication shown by our volunteers and staff is an incredible asset in our work with young people. This award is a wonderful thank you for their work and commitment since our launch as a charity in 2011.
Councillor Seán Woodward, Leader of Fareham Borough Council
The work carried out by Y-Services is truly inspiring and, for young people in the Borough of Fareham, on occasion life-changing. Support to young people at vulnerable times in their lives is critical. So is giving help and encouragement to the many children who are simply seeking productive outlets for their energy and enthusiasm. Y-Services provides this in spades and I offer my heartiest congratulations on behalf of the Council to them.
Councillor Mrs. Connie Hockley of Fareham Borough Council and Patron of Y-Services:
\’Since Y-Services\’ inception in 2011 I have watched it develop and grow into what is now a highly respected voluntary organisation which gives support, encouragement and a listening ear to many of our young people some of whom are going through tough times. I have seen first-hand young people\’s lives transformed by the work undertaken by Y-Services and I am delighted that this has been recognised by being awarded a Queen\’s Award for Voluntary Services. Well done and best wishes to everyone involved in this organisation; a honour well deserved.\’
We will be celebrating this Award with our volunteers and staff later this month. We will be presented with the Award later this summer by the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire. Thank you on behalf of all at Y Services for your support since 2011.