A new youth group led by Forge Youth has launched in Shiregreen aimed at providing active sessions for young men aged 11-16.
Forge Males, which started at Shiregreen Community Centre last month and is funded by Sanctuary Housing, provides a positive space for the attendees to chat to a youth worker about any issues they are having, as well as offering a safe place to hang out with friends.
Input into activities
Taking place until mid-March, it is hoped that regular participants will have an input into the kind of activities taking place at the group, which currently includes sports and video gaming.
The funding for Forge Males forms part of Sanctuary’s wider support of Forge Youth. This year’s donation of nearly £4,000 has also gone towards the well-established weekly Forge youth club for young teenagers, specific sessions targeted at local females to discuss topics and issues relevant to them and Stomp classes for younger children aged 7-11.
“Keen to hear what they would like from it”
Sam Evans from Forge Youth said: “We really want this group to be owned by the young men coming along so we are keen to hear what they would like from it. Some of our themes will include discussions on healthy relationships, making good choices, actions and consequences.”
Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, Melanie King, added: “It’s fantastic to see our funding for Forge Youth support the launch of Forge Males. I am confident that the sessions will help the trained youth workers connect with what can be a hard-to-reach group.”
Forge Males takes place every Thursday afternoon (term time only) 4-6pm at Shiregreen Community Centre, Sicey Avenue, S5 0RN. Anyone who is interested can just turn up to the sessions. For more information email Sam Evans firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project is funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.