This blog is one of a number of stories we’ll be posting throughout Youth Work Week 2018
In our final instalment of blogs promoting youth services during Youth Work Week, today we are focusing on youth work in the community. The team will be at Tŷ Pawb on Saturday June 30, so you get the opportunity to meet them so they can tell you first-hand about their fantastic work.
So as a starter, what is youth work?
In the broadest sense youth work is simply about working with young people, supporting them with their personal, social and emotional development. This can enable them to find their voice, influence and place in society.
A sense of freedom and security
Community youth work provides young people with a sense of freedom and security. This enables them to meet with and make new friends, express themselves greater and have new experiences outside of school.
The workers support young people through the up’s and down’s of adolescence and increase their attachment to their local communities.
Where does this take place?
This can happen in traditional youth club settings as well as more bespoke spaces and places within local communities.
Community based youth work starts where young people ‘are at’ and comes from voluntary engagement between young people and staff.
Wrexham Council works with young people between the ages of 11-25, however community based youth work focuses on teenagers.
Wrexham Play and Youth Support Team deliver youth work in a variety of local communities including Brymbo, Tanyfron, Bwlchgwyn, Minera, Coedpoeth, Llay, Ruabon, Bradley and Brynteg.
Some of this work is funded by Community Council as part of their commitment to their local communities and young people. Wrexham Council also work in partnership with other organisations such as the Caia Park partnership to support the delivery of youth work opportunities around the town centre.
There will also be a number of other services promoting their work and plenty of fun and informal activities to get involved with.
One of these events is an open mic session starting at 1pm and later at 3pm you are in for a treat as Luke Gallagher will be performing live music.
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