We have a very active Community Outreach Programme. Two of our most successful initiatives have been the launch of our mobile outreach van and our “SWITCH!” Courses that we have offered in seven different senior schools throughout Surrey.
In early 2014 we launched “Mo”our first ever mobile outreach van, as word of our work in the local area grew so did our demand and we quickly outgrew our beloved “Mo”. In 2015 we were very fortunate to receive a generous grant from Charlotte Grobien of Give it Away Ltd which allowed us to purchase ‘Maximo’ – our bigger and better bus which has allow us to accommodate for more young people out in the community.
At least twice a week we take Maximo into hot spots in the community where young people congregate in the evenings. We provide various activities from the van such as street golf, music workshops, health advice and remote control car racing. Our activity carousel is flexible and is very much driven by feedback from young people.
Mobile outreach offers an informal platform for our youth team to engage with young people who might not otherwise be aware of our services. A key principle critical to our work is the establishment of trust and honesty between our youth workers and young people; our mobile outreach initiative is proving to be a fantastic facilitator in establishing this trust.
Please stop by and say hello when you see Maximo in your local area!
For further information about this programme, please contact the our Youth Work team on firstname.lastname@example.org. or by phone on 01932 347 434.
“SWITCH!” Courses in Schools
“SWITCH!” (previously known as ‘Take Control!’) is a six week course aimed at 14 to 16 year olds that focuses on developing independent living skills. Each week of the course focuses on one of the following six topics: Health & Hygiene, Career Education, Online Safety, Finance & Planning, Diet & Routine and Healthy Relationships.
Our “SWITCH!” Course has been delivered in the following schools:
- Hinchley Wood School
- Jubilee High School
- Winston Churchill School
- Magna Carta School
- Woking High School
- Heathside School
- St John the Baptist School
According to one Woking school teacher: “Lucy has gained so much confidence attending this course. She interacted very well with all members of the group and has excelled at school with all members of the school community. It’s a pleasure to see”.
If you think this course would be of interest to you or someone you know, we would love to help. To book a place on the “SWITCH!” course, free of charge, please contact Caroline on email@example.com or by phone on 01932 347 434.