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Youth Work

Here at the YMCA Sutton Coldfield, our youth work programme engages with young people in order to promote confidence and self-esteem and to help young people achieve. We support and encourage young people to reflect on their values and make informed decisions about their lives and the communities that they are part of.

By coming along to a YMCA, a young person can become part of an inclusive community; that’s our youth-minded community approach.

We tailor our services to meet the needs of young people in different areas of North and East Birmingham with a range of different programmes and locations to help young people fulfill their full potential, whatever their faith, culture or background.

Triple A Project

Triple A stands for Aspiration, Ambition and Achievement, 3 values which underpin our youth work. The aim of the project is to raise the aspirations of young people, increase their ambition and help them to achieve their goals. Through this work, we hope to support and develop young people in fulfilling their dreams and becoming active members of the community. Our work includes:

  • Centre-based youth clubs and youth work
  • Detached youth work
  • Life coaching
  • Family Work
  • Issue-based workshops
  • Educational workshops

Our services are available to all young people aged 10-19 years old and we deliver in the following areas of North and East Birmingham:

North

  • Kingstanding
  • Bandywood
  • Falcon Lodge

East

  • Stockland Green
  • Handsworth
  • Nechells

If you would like more information on any of the work we do or want to get in touch, please contact:

Kirsty Burden (East) or Jessica Harris (North) on 0121 354 5614

Youth Clubs

All our youth clubs are open to all young people aged 10 – 19 years old.

Kingstanding Youth Club
Where: Kingstanding Leisure Centre
When: Every Tuesday (term-time only)
Times:

  • 4.30pm – 6.30pm Cooking Classes
  • 6.30pm – 8.30pm Youth Club

How much: £0.50 entrance fee
Contact: Jessica Harris, 0121 354 5614

Bandywood Youth Club

Where: Emmanuel Community Church Hall, Kingstanding Road
When: Saturdays
Time: 1-3pm

Falcon Lodge

Where: Falcon Lodge Community Centre
When: Thursdays
Time: 5pm – 8pm

Handsworth Youth Club

Where: Laurel Road Community Sports Centre
When:

  • Tuesdays, 4-6pm Girls Group
  • Thursdays 6-9pm Youth Club

Youth Clubs coming soon to Nechells and Stockland Green; watch this space for upcoming details.

Streetwise Detached Youth Work Project

Streetwise is a detached youth work project that runs alongside our Triple A Project. The Streetwise Programme is aimed at engaging children and young people aged 10-19 who are on the streets or in parks.  We predominantly work across the North of Birmingham but we often respond to hotspot areas that have been identified by the Police.

The aim of the project is to identify young people in need, and engage them in positive activities either by taking the activities to them or by signposting them towards the local youth provision in their area.

Contact: Kirsty Burden, 0121 354 5614

How you can help

If you are a local business or organisation who would like to support our youth work programmes, we would love to hear from you. In order for our Triple A project to thrive, we need the following support from local businesses in the North and East of Birmingham:

  • Mentors
  • Work experience opportunities
  • Educational workshops about the work you do
  • Sponsorship of an individual in your community to help fund clothing for an interview or a bus pass etc.

If you think this is something you or your business might be able to help with, please contact Kirsty Burden on 0121 354 5614.