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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.