A street-based youth project in Paignton has seen success after offering a unique forum where young people can have their voices heard.
Sanctuary Housing has teamed up with local charity Youth Genesis on the Streetbase project in Foxhole, giving Bay teenagers the opportunity to have their say about issues affecting the area and finding out about things that are important to them.
Trained youth workers deliver street-based group sessions covering key areas such as improving self-esteem, keeping safe, avoiding involvement in anti-social behaviour and how to say no. They also encourage the teens to take positive action and signpost them to meaningful social activities.
The project has been so successful that a youth forum has been set up at the Crafty Fox Café ‘N’ Hub, where the teenagers can meet in a safe environment to discuss their issues and how to make a positive change.
Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, Lynne Roberts, said: “It can be challenging to engage with local young people so this project is really helping us to provide positive activities for what can be a hard-to-reach group.”
“Providing a listening ear”
Michelle Taylor from Youth Genesis added: “More often than not it’s about providing a listening ear to a group who can sometimes feel sidelined. Sanctuary’s funding is allowing us to reach even more local teenagers and I’m delighted that we’ve been able to set up the youth forum.
“The Paignton Streetbase project is part of a wider regional initiative that we hope can have a positive impact on dozens of young people around the area.”
Any resident interested in finding out more about the project can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project is funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.