A HUGE STEP FORWARD FOR YOUTH WORK IN SOUTH NORTHANTS
There is a fantastic step forward for youth work in South Northants. Two new members of staff have joined local charity South Northants Youth Engagement (SNYE).
SNYE will be working hard to ensure that young people have got the support they need and a voice to say how they want their futures to be as we emerge from this pandemic which has had a huge impact on young people's mental health*.
Jodie Chana, the new Youth Worker will be helping Towcester Youth Coffee House to launch their online youth club Loggers. Young people aged 11 – 14 yrs (school years 7-9) will be able to join every Thursday evening 7pm. Loggers** is open to any young person living in South Northants. It will be a safe place for young people who live in some of the more remote parts of our district or anyone who struggles to get to a youth club to come together and have some fun.
Jodie said: 'I can't wait to get started and meet more young people from the area. I met a fantastic group of young people from Towcester at my interview and they were so switched on and inspiring.'
Once restrictions are reduced, Jodie will be helping TYCH to fulfil its potential by supporting them to run a youth club, a safe space for older teenagers to drop in and hang out at the refurbished Coffee House, now called The Barn, on Bransons Lane, Towcester.
Penny Embden is the new Youth Engagement Co-ordinator. Her role will be to identify new youth work opportunities and provide networking and promotional support to existing groups.
Penny has had a varied and busy career mainly using the arts to develop opportunities for young people. She will be using all her skills to bring together organisations and individuals who want to help young people in South Northants to have the childhoods and futures they deserve.
Young people have been massively impacted by the pandemic, even though most are only likely to suffer mild symptoms from the virus. Their lives have been turned upside down and their education hugely disrupted. SNYE want to ensure that there are places where young people can safely engage in the social activities they have been missing.
Youth clubs and drop-in spaces give young people a place to ask questions and explore topics that they can't discuss at home. Most importantly they are places to make friends and have fun, something we have all come to appreciate so much when we have been living with restrictions to our normal social habits.
If you would like to volunteer and get involved with the work of this exciting young charity, then please look on the website for opportunities. https://www.youth-engagement.co.uk/home
These new posts are funded by South Northants Council, Brackley Town Council and Towcester Town Council. SNYE are very grateful for the funding and want to use it to build a stronger network of youth provision in our District.
Councillor Karen Cooper, South Northants Council's portfolio holder for wellbeing said: "The services provided by SNYE are more important than ever to support our young people, many of whom have been left isolated and unhappy as a result of the pandemic. SNC is pleased to help fund these vital roles that will help to build stronger communities in South Northants".
Cllr Sue Sharps Brackley Town Council said 'I'm thrilled that we are able to announce two dedicated Youth Workers for Brackley, Towcester and the surrounding villages. Youth work transforms young people's lives through the expert support they provide in areas such as physical, emotional and mental well-being. This is fantastic news for Brackley as the town grows parents and young people have professionals to whom they can turn. I'm very proud of the work done so far by SNYE for the youth of the County. '
Cllr Martin Johns of Towcester Town Council said: "Young people have been deprived of sufficient safe and supportive places to attend in their free time, long before coronavirus, so this new initiative is a significant step help to fill that gap and support young people's mental and physical health."
Matt Foreman Chair of TYCH said:I am very excited that Towcester Youth Coffee House is going to be working in partnership with SNYE; and we look forward to collaborating with Jodie and Penny. I believe that this is potentially a great time for young people in South Northants."
South Northants Youth Engagement gained charitable status in January 2019 although active as a community group before this. The charity sets out to improve the lives of young people in South Northants by providing recreational and leisure-time activities. Also to provide support and activities which develop young people's skills, capacities and capabilities. They are keen to work with other youth groups and help them provide a strong network of support.
**Loggers is an online youth club run by Towcester Youth Coffee House, to register your interest call or text 07593 585 216 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted: Tue, 16 Mar 2021 13:01 by Lizzi Bucklow-Holt