HYPE’s year round Youth Clubs reach the heart of the community using local community centres as their base to reach more young people each year. By utilising the community centres rooms, HYPE staff and volunteers run a range of sessions that are youth led ensuring the delivery is of the need for the children and young people that attend the sessions.
Research demonstrates the impact of youth work on young people’s lives. Youth workers help young people through difficult times, signpost them to health and other services, go with them to court, support them to find employment or housing.
Young people trust youth workers because of the relationships they have built up, on a rock climbing trip or simply over a game of pool. Youth workers meet young people on their own territory and in all youth work interventions the young person chooses to be there and to engage.
Open access work means that young people are not stigmatised and can enjoy their leisure time in a safe space with their peers. For those with mental health issues, a local youth work presence can be a vital lifeline.